Electra

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Released 1962

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Director:
Michael Cacoyannis
Released:
1962
Rating:
R
Electra, a Greek feature film released on December 1, 1962, is a retelling of the famous tragedy of Elektra by Euripides. It is a story of marriage and murder, with Electra (Irene Papas) having just been a castle-bound prisoner after her father Agamemnon's (Theodoros Dimitriou) murder and her brother Orestis's (Giannis Fertis) fleeing from home. It is one woman's journey in seeking justice for her slain father that is the heart of this tale, turning into judge and jury for her own mother Clytemnestra (Aleka Kateselli), the one who slayed her father. It was directed by Mihalis Kakogiannis as the first in his Greek tragedy trilogy. This black & white feature film is 110 minutes and was nominated for an Oscar in 1963 for Best Foreign Language Film. It did win Best Cinematic Transposition at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. While only saying it is based on the tragedy, it is nevertheless a faithful recount of it.

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Drama

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Classics, Foreign Language