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The Trojan Women (1971)

GP | | Drama | 19 January 1972 (UK)
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The women of Troy face enslavement after the fall of their city.

Director:

Michael Cacoyannis

Writers:

Euripides (play), Edith Hamilton (English translation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Hepburn ... Hecuba
Vanessa Redgrave ... Andromache
Geneviève Bujold ... Cassandra
Irene Papas ... Helen
Patrick Magee ... Menelaus
Brian Blessed ... Talthybius
Alberto Sanz Alberto Sanz ... Astyanax
Pauline Letts Pauline Letts ... Woman
Rosalind Shanks ... Woman
Pat Beckett Pat Beckett ... Woman (as Pat Becket)
Anna Bentinck Anna Bentinck ... Woman
Elsie Pittas Elsie Pittas ... Woman (as Ersie Pittas)
Esmeralda Adam García Esmeralda Adam García ... Woman (as Esmeralda Adam)
Esperanza Alonso Esperanza Alonso ... Woman
María García Alonso María García Alonso ... Woman (as Maria G. Alonso)
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Storyline

Hecuba and the other women of Troy rise to find their city in ruins and their cause lost. The city has fallen into Greek hands and it is likely their lot to become slaves of Greek soldiers. A messenger approaches to inform them that the lots have been drawn and each woman will be taken to the man who drew for her. Of particular interest is Hecuba's daughter, Cassandra, who is chosen for the Greek kings bedchamber. She has received word of this news already and is in hiding because she has sworn an oath to the gods that she will live as a virgin. When she is found she has some particularly nasty things to say about treatment at Greek hands. Written by Lordship <lordship@juno.com>

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The strength of mankind has always been its women.

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Country:

Greece | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

As Troianas See more »

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Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Edith Hamilton translation of "The Trojan Women", which is used in this film, premiered on the Broadway stage in 1938. It was immediately acclaimed as being superior to the antiquated Gilbert Murray translation, which was the standard version used then. See more »

Quotes

Cassandra: This truth stands firm... the wise will fly from war, but if war comes, to die well is to win the victor's crown.
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Alternate Versions

Portuguese version, "As Troianas", released with 109 minutes, with original soundtrack and Portguese subtitles, as approved by the Government censorship. See more »

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Version of Die Troerinnen des Euripides (1959) See more »

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beautiful
16 January 2007 | by karencalypso-1See all my reviews

This film was shown at my art school in the early 90s to accompany reading the Greek play for class. It is beautifully produced -- the location and the lighting is exquisite, and makes the characters achingly beautiful in the midst of the tattered, gritty, treacherous war being waged around them. This film appears to be timeless...the cinematography is perfect; it does not appear to be an "old" or 'historical' film, and this luminescent quality helps younger viewers focus on the story (rather than struggle with history or epic readings or overlooking outdated film techniques). In fact, the movie is so well made, and the women appear so fresh and real, that as a college student I had no idea this movie was made in the early 70s, until I read a screen bio of Redgrave and was shocked that the movie is several decades "old." The viewer is pulled into the landscape by the profoundly beautiful Mediterranean surroundings, the intense acting, and raw emotionality the actors portray. This production successfully creates the ancient Greek ideal of tragedy, where the viewer experiences some personal transformation along with the characters. Quite memorable, even 15 years after seeing it -- and worth the time investment for a longer film.


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