Electra (1962 film)
|Directed by||Michael Cacoyannis|
|Produced by||Michael Cacoyannis|
|Written by||Michael Cacoyannis|
|Music by||Mikis Theodorakis|
|Edited by||Leonidas Antonakis|
|Running time||110 minutes|
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.
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.
- Irene Papas as Elektra
- Giannis Fertis as Orestes
- Aleka Katselli as Klytaemnistra
- Manos Katrakis as the tutor
- Notis Peryalis as Elektra's husband
- Fivos Razi as Aegisthus
- Takis Emmanuel as Pylades
- Theano Ioannidou as chorus leader
- Theodoros Dimitriou (Theodore Demetriou) as Agamemnon
- Elsie Pittas as young Elektra
- Petros Ampelas as young Orestes
- List of historical drama films
- Greek mythology in popular culture
- List of submissions to the 35th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Greek submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- "Festival de Cannes: Electra". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
- "The 35th Academy Awards (1963) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-11-01.