Oedipus Rex (film)
|Directed by||Pier Paolo Pasolini|
|Produced by||Alfredo Bini|
|Written by||Sophocles (tragedy)
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia
|Edited by||Nino Baragli|
|Distributed by||Euro International Films|
|3 September 1967 (premiere at VFF)|
Oedipus Rex (Edipo re) is a 1967 Italian film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Pasolini adapted the screenplay from the Greek tragedy Oedipus the King written by Sophocles in 428 BC. The film was mainly shot in Morocco.
A son is born to a young couple in pre-war Italy. The father, motivated by jealousy, takes the baby into the desert to be abandoned, at which point the film’s setting changes to the ancient world. The child is rescued, named Edipo by King Polybus (Ahmed Belhachmi) and Queen Merope (Alida Valli) of Corinth and raised as their own son. When Edipo (Franco Citti) learns of a prophesy foretelling that he will kill his father and marry his mother, he leaves Corinth believing that Polybus and Merope are his true parents.
On the road to Thebes, Edipo meets Laius (Luciano Bartoli), his biological father, and kills him after an argument. Later Edipo solves the riddle of the Sphinx. For freeing the kingdom of Thebes from the Sphinx's curse Edipo is rewarded with kingship and marriage to queen Jocasta (Silvana Mangano), who is his biological mother. When they discover what they have done, fulfilling the prophecy, Edipo blinds himself and Jocasta commits suicide.
Kinema Junpo Awards
Won Best Foreign Language Film
- Oedipus Rex at AllMovie
- Oedipus Rex at the Internet Movie Database
- Oedipus Rex at Southbanklondon.com
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