Oedipus Rex (1957 film)

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Oedipus Rex
Directed by Tyrone Guthrie
Produced by Leonid Kipnis
Written by William Butler Yeats adaptation of the play by Sophocles
Based on Oedipus the King 
by Sophocles
Starring Douglas Rain, Douglas Campbell , Eric House, Robert Goodier, Donald Davis, Eleanor Stuart, Tony van Bridge, Eric House, William Hutt
Distributed by Motion Picture Distributors
Release dates
  • January 6, 1957 (1957-01-06)
Running time
87 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Oedipus Rex is a 1957 film, a film version of the Canadian Stratford Festival production of the William Butler Yeats adaptation of the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles.[1][2]

The actors performed wearing masks, as was the practice in Ancient Greek theatre.


After the film was released comedic musician Tom Lehrer, noting that the film lacked a theme song "the people could hum", composed "Oedipus Rex", a satirical "theme song" for the film. The song is included on Lehrer's album An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer.


External links[edit]

Oedipus Rex at the Internet Movie Database