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Iphigenia (1977)

Ifigeneia (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 November 1977 (USA)
To appease offended gods before going to war, a commander must sacrifice his favorite daughter to them but does so under the pretext of marrying her off.

Director:

Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis)

Writers:

Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis), Euripides (play)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Irene Papas ... Klytaimnistra (as Eirini Papa)
Kostas Kazakos Kostas Kazakos ... Agamemnonas
Kostas Karras Kostas Karras ... Menelaos
Tatiana Papamoschou ... Ifigeneia
Hristos Tsagas ... Odysseas
Panos Mihalopoulos ... Ahilleas
Angelos Yannoulis Angelos Yannoulis ... Servant
Dimitri Aronis ... Kalhas
Georges Vourvahakis Georges Vourvahakis ... Orestis
Eirini Koumarianou ... Nurse
Giorgos Oikonomou ... Messenger
Dimitris Kontogiannis Dimitris Kontogiannis ... Myrmidon (as Dimitris Kondogiannis)
Yorgos Charalabidis
Tasos Lertas Tasos Lertas
Dimitris Mitsoulas Dimitris Mitsoulas
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Storyline

The Greek army is about to set sail to a great battle, but the winds refuse to blow. Their leader, King Agamemnon, seeks to provide better food, but accidentally slays a sacred deer. His punishment from the gods, the sacrifice of his daughter Iphigenia. Written by <chaz@eschaton.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

20 November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Iphigenia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Greek Film Center See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Greece's official submission to the 1978's Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category. See more »

Goofs

According to Greek mythology, Achilles was rendered impervious to wounds by having been dipped in the river Styx as an infant by his mother (all but his heel by which she held him). There is clearly a red mark on the upper arm of Panos Mihalopoulos (who portrayed Achilles). It could be a strawberry birthmark, but it looks like a healing wound which Achilles would not have. See more »

Quotes

Ifigeneia: Are you not happy to see me?
Agamemnonas: I'm happy.
Ifigeneia: You say it but your eyes betray you.
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Referenced in The Fisher King (1991) See more »

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Stunning realism
9 October 2006 | by booksofstarsSee all my reviews

Although the recent re-telling of part of Homer's epic "Troy" with Brad Pitt was entertaining once, "Iphigenia" with the incandescent Irene Pappas is breathtaking. Unfolding in a natural setting with Greek actors speaking their own language lends such authenticity. A chance encounter with this film on one of DirecTV's many movie channels kept me interested in spite of my concentration problems. There is no glitter or "bling" in this movie, just a fabulously rich story impeccably told by actors so real one feels they are eavesdropping on a real family in turmoil. I think even Homer, if he really existed, would be proud of this telling.

JLH


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