Electra (1962 film)

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Electra
Electra FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Michael Cacoyannis
Produced by Michael Cacoyannis
Written by Michael Cacoyannis
Starring Irene Papas
Giannis Fertis
Aleka Katselli
Manos Katrakis
Notis Peryalis
Fivos Razi
Takis Emmanuel
Theano Ioannidou
Malaina Anousaki
Theodoros Dimitriou
Theodore Demetriou
Elsie Pittas
Petros Ampelas
Kitty Arseni
Thodoros Exarhos
Elli Fotiou
Afroditi Grigoriadou
Kostas Kazakos
Music by Mikis Theodorakis
Cinematography Walter Lassally
Edited by Leonidas Antonakis
Release dates
  • 1962 (1962)
Running time 110 minutes
Country Greece
Language Greek

Electra (Greek: Ηλέκτρα Ilektra) is a 1962 Greek film based on the play, Electra, written by Euripides. It was directed by Michael Cacoyannis, as the first installement of his "Greek tragedy" trilogy, followed by The Trojan Women in 1971 and Iphigenia in 1977. It starred Irene Papas in the lead role as Elektra, and Yannis Fertis as Orestis.

Plot[edit]

When the King Agamemnon is murdered by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover and relative Aegisthus, the daughter Electra decides to get even with his brother Orestes. He helped his cousin Pylades sneaks into the house of Clytemnestra, and although deep down she is his mother, the boy stabs her to death, then also killing Aegisthus.

Cast[edit]

Awards[edit]

The film was entered into the 1962 Cannes Film Festival where it won the award of Best Cinematic Transposition.[1] The film was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Electra". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  2. ^ "The 35th Academy Awards (1963) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 

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