Classical Greek Theater

(and later works based on classical theater and myth)











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Movies set in ancient Greece and Rome
Documentaries about ancient Greece and Rome

Classics and cinema. Edited by Martin M. Winkler.Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1991. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H5 C53 1991)
McGowman, John. "Oedipus at the Movies." Southern Humanities Review, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 1-11, Winter 1986
Michelakis, Pantelis. "Greek Tragedy in Cinema: Theatre, Politics, History." In: Dionysus since 69 : Greek tragedy at the dawn of the third millennium / edited by Edith Hall, Fiona Macintosh, and Amanda Wrigley. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004. (Main Stack PA3131.D56 2004)
McGowman, John. "Oedipus at the Movies." Southern Humanities Review, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 1-11, Winter 1986.

Aeschylus

Agamemnon (Oresteia, Part 1).
Directed by Peter Hall. National Theatre of Great Britain, 1983. The play opens as the Watchman at King Agamemnon's palace sees the beacon that announces the fall of Troy. The chorus of Old Men tell the background to the story of the Trojan War. When Agamemnon returns home after a 10-year absence his queen, Clytemnestra welcomes him, but Cassandra foretells his murder. 90 min. DVD 1558; also vhs Video/C 988

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Choephori: The Libation Bearers (Oresteia, Part 2).
Directed and produced by Peter Hall. National Theatre of Great Britain, 1983. Cast: Greg Hicks, Roger Gartland, Timothy Davies. Orestes, Agamemnon's son, returns from exile and places a lock of his hair on his father's grave. His sister Electra and a chorus of women also come to the grave to pour libations. When Orestes and Electra recognize one another, they swear to avenge their father's death. Orestes disguises himself and goes to the palace to kill his mother. His matricide angers the Furies, and Orestes flees from them to seek the help of Apollo. 70 min. DVD 1559; also VHS Video/C 989

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Eumenides: The Furies (Oresteia, Part 3).
Directed and produced by Peter Hall. National Theatre of Great Britain, 1983. Cast: Greg Hicks, Michael Thomas, Kenny Ireland. Having killed his mother, Orestes flees from the Furies and takes refuge at the shrine of Apollo. But his mother's ghost implores the Furies to bring her murderer to justice. And Athena, goddess of wisdom, must judge between Orestes and the Furies and then persuade the Furies from wreaking havoc on the earth. 70 min. DVD 1560; also VHS Video/C 990

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Agamemnon (Oresteia, Part 1).
Directors, Peter Meineck and Graham Mitchell London Small Theatre Company, translation for the stage by Peter Meineck, 1991. This full-length modernized production of Aeschylus's play concerning love, war and a curse upon a family is presented by the London Small Theatre Company and features brilliant acting and a powerful new translation for the stage. 108 min. Video/C 4053

The Last Homecoming (O teleftaios gyrismos)(Cyprus, 2008)
Director, Corinna Avraamidou. Cast: Stavros Louras, Popi Avraam, Dimitris Xistras, Christopher Greco. Alexandra and Orestes are a young couple who decide to spend the summer holidays in the picture-perfect seaside town on Cyprus with Orestes' family. Phaedra, the mother of Orestes, decides to stage a play with the help of family and townspeople. When Orestes' brother and Phaedra's old lover enter the scene, tensions begin to mount, relationships are tested, and love and betrayal are all on the program. 85 min. DVD X2198
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Mourning Becomes Electra
Director, Nick Havinga. Cast: Bruce Davison, Joan Hackett, Roberta Maxwell. "Eugene O'Neill's updated version of the Orestaia. In New England, after the American Civil War, a war-weary Agamem--er, Ezra Mannon comes home to his unhappy wife (Christine) and loving daughter (Lavinia). But Lavinia's ex-suitor, Adam Brant, has become Christine's lover, and together Adam and Christine plot to poison Ezra. When they succeed, Lavinia turns to her brother Orin to help bring the lovers to justice, but when they succeed, Orin goes mad and his suicide note may come between Lavinia and her new suitor, Peter Niles." [Internet Movie Database] 300 min. DVD 915; Video/C 6800

The Oresteia
Adapted from Aeschylus; a version by William Whallon. Directed by Bill Vincent. Cast: Jode' DePriest, Greg Teachout, Rachael Walker. A version of the Oresteia of Aeschylus (scenarios of the four plays including the lost satyr play). In Parts 1 and 4 the brothers Agamemnon and Menelaus, warlords at Troy, return home to their wives, the sisters Clytemestra and Helen. In Parts 2 and 3 Orestes does a great wrong as a duty, and the Furies contest for him against Apollo. 2001. 74 min. Video/C 9507

Seize the Fire: a Version of Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound.
Written by Tom Paulin; produced and directed by Tony Coe. Cast: John Franklyn-Robbins, Kate Binchy, Trevor Nichols, Julia Hills, Stephen Earle. A modern interpretation of the story of Prometheus, an immortal who steals fire from heaven and gives it to mortals. In this version, Prometheus is trapped in concrete rubble at the end of the world, having been placed there by Zeus as punishment. A brooding subtext that questions the concept of democracy while ennobling the pawns of Zeus provides additional depth to the drama. c2001. 29 min. Video/C 8676

Suppliants
Directed by Agatha Witteman. Play sponsored and presented by the Dramatic Art and Dance Dept., UCB, presented at the Greek Theater, 1990. A student production of The Suppliants, Aeschylus' greatest choral work. It tells the dramatic story of a group of young North African women who seek sanctuary in the Greek city of Argos in order to escape forced marriages to their Egyptian cousins. Staged against a stunning backdrop with throbbing African music and dance. DVD 4854; also vhs Video/C 2231

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Aristophanes

The Birds
Director, Robert Richmond. A new translation for the stage by Peter Meineck. Cast: Anthony Cochrane, Andrew Price, Tony Dunn, Daniel York. In this classical Greek drama two men are disgusted with life in Athens and seek a new homeland among the birds. c1998. 95 min. Video/C 9855

The Birds [Excerpts]
Adapted and directed by Bob Morris featuring Neil Pepe, Ed Porter, Todd Weeks, Phil Reilly, Clare Tattersull, Terry Hardcastle. Two Greek men are disgusted with life in Athens and seek a new homeland among the birds. 1991. 43 min. Video/C 2549

Frogs
Adaptor/director, Fiona Laird. Cast: Rick Smith, Rachel Springs, Jon Williams, Fiona Laird--cast of the London Small Theatre Company. Modern adaptation for the stage of Aristophanes's Greek comedy The Frogs. 1991. 110 min. Video/C 3239

Lysistrata
Director Georgos Zervoulakos. Cast: Tzeni Karezi, Kostas Kazakos, Anna Fonsou, Dionisis Papagiannopoulos. Film retelling of Lysistrata who convinced the women they could prevent war by withholding sexual favors from their husbands. Modern Greek dialog with English subtitles. c1987. 97 min. Video/C 2415

Lysistrata
Director Howard Sackler. Read by Hermione Gingold. 1987. 67 min. Sound/C 198

Politics(1931)
Director, Charles F. Riesner. Cast: Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, Roscoe Ates. In this reworking of Lysistrata, a widow, Hattie (Marie Dressler), decides to run for mayor after her daughter gets involved with a young mobster who has been framed for murder. When the menfolk don't back Hattie, she encourages women to stop taking care of their husbands to force them to vote for her. Features Polly Moran as the campaign manager. 73 min. DVD X3542
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Euripides

Alkestis: A Greek Tragedy1985. DVD X612 [preservation copy]; Video/C 2040

Bacchae
Translated and directed by Harry Love. Cast: Colin Kitchingman, Glenn Moodie, Brian Beresford, Marilyn Parker, Harry Love. The Department of Classics, University of Otago. 78 min. 1997. Video/C 6465

The Bacchantes
Director, Giorgio Ferroni. Cast: Taina Elg, Pierre Brice, Alberto Lupo, Alessandra Panaro, Akim Tamiroff. Dubbed into English. 1988. 100 min. Video/C 1636

Cassandra (Mexico | USA, 2008)
Directed by Mauricio Chernovetzky. Cast: Nelly Bablumian, Chaz Chilcote, Araceli Guzmán-Rico, Doug Purcell. On the edge of a rocky desolate Mexican border town is a makeshift bar and brothel called "Las Mujeres de Troya," whose only patrons are soldiers from the other side. Doña Hecuba, the bar's proprietress, routinely overlooks the preparations for the night shift. But this evening fate intervenes in the form of Agamemnon, a powerful General from across the border, who has sent for Dońa Hecuba's uncorrupted, enigmatic daughter, Cassandra. Doña Hecuba's desperate pleas are powerless against Cassandra's mysterious and fateful volition, which compels her to submit to Agamemnon. Her decision to cross the border takes us beyond the barriers of the flesh to the very limits of perception. Based on Euripides' "The Trojan Women". 28 min. DVD X7351
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Dionysus in '69
A film by Brian De Palma, Robert Fiore, Bruce Rubin. Cast: Joan Macintosh, William Finley, Remi Barclay, Samuel Blazer, Jason Bosseau. This is a film about a group improvisation composition by members of The Performance Group based on Euripides's the Bacchae. 87 min. DVD X6634

Electra (Greece, 1962)
Directed by Michael Cacoyannis. Cast: Irene Papas, Aleka Katseli, Yannis Fertis, Theano Ioannidou, Notis Peryalis. "Desolation and despair reign supreme in the kingdom of Mycenae. The great Agamemnon has been brutally murdered; his son Orestes has fled and his daughter Electra has been imprisoned within the walls of the castle. All hope seems lost until the sacred oracle speaks and replaces Electra's broken spirit with an unquenchable desire for justice and bloody vengeance." 113 min. DVD 1092
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Georgakas, Dan. "From Stella to Iphigenia: the woman-centered films of Michael Cacoyannis." (Critical Essay) Cineaste Spring 2005 v30 i2 p24(7)
MacDonald, Marianne. "Interviews with Michael Cacoyannis and Irene Papas." Bucknell Review, 1991, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p159-184, 26p
MacDonald, Marianne; Winkler, Marin M.
"Michael Cacoyannis and Irene Papas on Greek Tragedy." In: Classical myth & culture in the cinema / edited by Martin M. Winkler. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M96 C59 2001)

Electra, My Love.
Directed by by Miklos Jancso, Hungary, 1974. Relocates the action to a desolate Hungarian plain, played out against the rituals of naked girls and galloping horsemen, and then catapults the action into the future. 70 min. DVD 1705
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Three Greek Plays.
Participants: Ellen Stewart (theater producer), Margaret Croyden (theater critic, author), Cast of La Mama Theater production company. Excerpts from the production at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club (New York City) of Andrei Serban's interpretation of the classic dramas Electra, Medea, and The Trojan women, with music by Elizabeth Swados. Margaret Croyden provides introductions and commentary. Ellen Stewart, founder and guiding spirit of La Mama speaks briefly about her goals in the modern theater. 1974. 57 min. Video/C MM1009

The Hippolytus
Translated and directed by Harry Love. Cast: Andrew Connolly, Anna Sutherland, Marilyn Parker, Andrew Barker, Andi Pannel, Nicki Waugh, John Dawson. The Department of Classics, University of Otago. 1995. 78 min. Video/C 6464

Iphigenia Ifigeneia) (Greece, 1977)
Directed by Michael Cacoyannis. Cast: Irene Pappas (Clytemnestra), Costa Kazakos (Agamemnon), Tatiana Papamousko (Iphigenia). Presents the ancient Greek tragedy in which the Greek leader, Agememnon, must sacrifice his daughter as punishment for having offended the gods. 100 min. DVD 8327; vhs Video/C 814
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Cacoyannis, Michael.
"Iphigenia, A Visual Essay." In: Classical myth & culture in the cinema / edited by Martin M. Winkler. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M96 C59 2001)
Georgakas, Dan. "From Stella to Iphigenia: the woman-centered films of Michael Cacoyannis." (Critical Essay) Cineaste Spring 2005 v30 i2 p24(7)
Hartigan, Karelisa. "Classical text and the director: the force(s) of necessity: Iphigenia at Aulis Euripides' play and Cacoyannis' film." Theatre Studies, 1989, Issue 34, p47-64, 18p
MacDonald, Marianne.
"Eye of the Camera, Eye of the Victim: Iphigenia by Euripides and Cacoyannis." In: Classical myth & culture in the cinema / edited by Martin M. Winkler. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M96 C59 2001)
MacDonald, Marianne. "Cacoyannis's and Euripides' Iphigenia: the dialectic of power." Bucknell Review, 1991, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p127-158, 32p
MacDonald, Marianne. "Interviews with Michael Cacoyannis and Irene Papas." Bucknell Review, 1991, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p159-184, 26p
MacDonald, Marianne; Winkler, Marin M.
"Michael Cacoyannis and Irene Papas on Greek Tragedy." In: Classical myth & culture in the cinema / edited by Martin M. Winkler. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M96 C59 2001)

Medea.
Staged by Jose Quintero; Cast: Judith Anderson, Colleen Dewhurst, Henry Brandon, Morris Charnovsky. A modern-language production of the classic tragedy of jealousy and revenge. Medea, betrayed by Jason, seeks revenge by killing Jason's wife and father-in-law, and then her own two children. 1959. 107 min. Video/C 9341

Medea.
Director Pier Paolo Pasolini. Freely adapted from the Medea of Euripides by Robinson Jeffers. Cast: Maria Callas, Giuseppi Gentile, Laurent Terzieff, Massimo Girotti, Margareth Clementi. Medea, high priestess of the Golden Fleece, falls in love with Jason, and, stealing the prized article, flees with him to Corinth. Jason eventually betrays her, however, when he falls in love with the daughter of Creon. In a white heat of anger, Medea murders Creon, his daughter, and finally her two sons by Jason, then flees, leaving him to face a wifeless, childless future. 100 min. DVD 5618; vhs Video/C 1062
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Catania, Saviour. "Cinematizing the Euripidean and Sophoclean Spatial Dialectics: On the 'Skene-Self' in Pasolini's Medea and Edipo Re." Literature/Film Quarterly, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 170-79, 2000.
Bibliography of books/articles about Pier Paolo Pasolini

Medea.
Directed by Lars Von Trier. Cast: Kirsten Olesen, Udo Kier, Henning Jensen, Baard Owe, Solbjorg Hojfeldt. A modern-language production of the classic tragedy of jealousy and revenge. Based on the play by Euripides, adapted for the screen by Carl-Theodor Dreyer. Based on the play by Euripides, adapted for the screen by Carl-Theodor Dreyer, the drama unfolds in shimmering marshlands and gloomy subterranean passageways. Medea is a foreign sorceress, abandoned by Jason, her lover who goes in search of the golden fleece. In a fit of rage she plots revenge and murders her own children. 1987. 76 min. DVD 1685
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[Euripides'] Medea.
Director for stage, Peter Steadman ; director for television, Dennis Diamond. Cast: Lavinia Lorch, Peter Steadman, Carol Weinstein. Euripides' classic portrayal of a woman driven by emotion beyond the brink of rationality. In ancient Greek with English subtitles. 1986. 100 min. Video/C 2595

Medea.
Director, Mark Cullingham. Cast, Zoe Caldwell, Judith Anderson, Mitchell Ryan. Filmed at the Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 1982. 90 min. Video/C 529

Three Greek Plays.
Participants: Ellen Stewart (theater producer), Margaret Croyden (theater critic, author), Cast of La Mama Theater production company. Excerpts from the production at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club (New York City) of Andrei Serban's interpretation of the classic dramas Electra, Medea, and The Trojan women, with music by Elizabeth Swados. Margaret Croyden provides introductions and commentary. Ellen Stewart, founder and guiding spirit of La Mama speaks briefly about her goals in the modern theater. 1974. 57 min. Video/C MM1009

Dream of Passion (Medea).
Directed by Jules Dassin Cast: Melina Mercouri, Ellen Burstyn, Andreas Voutsinas, Despo Diamantidou, Dimitris Papa-Michael. Modern Greek version of Euripides' Medea by Minos Volonakis. In English; some Greek dialogue with English subtitles. 1978. 106 min. Video/C 1090

Medea
Original ballet scenario by Jean-Georges Noverre. Producer, director, Mariel McEwan. Cast: Dawn-Marie Gottlieb, Tim A production of Jean-Georges Noverre's 18th century ballet which tells the daunting tale of a woman's desperate love, jealousy and murder. Called "the father of modern ballet," Noverre was a seminal thinker on the importance of expression and gesture in ballet. Medea, his most famous ballet, is presented here by a chamber ensemble in full period costume accompanied by 16 musicians. Followed by "Recreating Medea," a discussion of the production by key participants. Taped before an audience in the Rodey Theater of the University of New Mexico, March 3 and 4, 2000. 64 min. Video/C 8166

Medea.
UC Berkeley production. 1982. Video/C 2039

Medea.
Directed by Howard Sackler. Read by Anthony Quayle, Judith Anderson. Adapted from the English translation by Rex Warner. 69 min. Sound/C 266

Phaedra(France | Greece | USA, 1962)
Directed by Jules Dassin. Cast: Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, Raf Vallone. A retelling of the Greek myth of Phaedra. In modern Greece, Alexis's father, an extremely wealthy shipping magnate, marries the younger, fiery Phaedra. When Alexis meets his stepmother, sparks fly and the two begin an affair. Based on Euripides' play "Hippolytus". 116 min. DVD X6938
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The Trojan Women(UK | USA | Greece, 1971)
Director, Michael Cacoyannis (Mihalis Kakogiannis). Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Genevieve Bujold, Irene Papas, Patrick Magee. Set at the end of the Trojan War, all the Trojan warriors and princes are dead and the women and children are left to be divided among the conquerors. An indictment against the horror and futility of war. Based on the play by Euripides. 105 min. DVD 3142; Video/C 732
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Georgakas, Dan. "From Stella to Iphigenia: the woman-centered films of Michael Cacoyannis." (Critical Essay) Cineaste Spring 2005 v30 i2 p24(7)
MacDonald, Marianne. "Interviews with Michael Cacoyannis and Irene Papas." Bucknell Review, 1991, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p159-184, 26p
MacDonald, Marianne; Winkler, Marin M.
"Michael Cacoyannis and Irene Papas on Greek Tragedy." In: Classical myth & culture in the cinema / edited by Martin M. Winkler. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M96 C59 2001)

Petronius

[Fellini's] Satyricon (1969)
Directed by Federico Fellini. "A free adaptation of the Petronius classic," recreating the bawdy and lecherous days of Nero's reign in ancient Rome. It is also an allegorical satire of the self-indulgence of modern society. 130 min. DVD 647; VHS 999:792
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Seneca

Medea: A Play after Seneca
Produced and directed by Paul Shepard. Cast: Barbara Bosch, David O'Connor, Larry Henderson and others. Videotape of stage production performed in the Zellerbach Playhouse, University of California, Berkeley. 1982. VHS Video 369

Sophocles

Ajax
Director, Peter Meineck. Cast: Yasmin Sidhwa, James Moriarty. A new translation for the stage of Sophocles earliest surviving play, Ajax, in which a warrior hero of the Greek army at Troy dies in dishonor. 1994. 71 min. DVD X1189 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2698

Antigone
Directed by Harry Love. Cast: Miriam Sharpe, Harry Love, Poppy Nonweiler, Ewen Kingston, John Dawson. A stage production of Sophocles' Antigone which relates how Antigone, in defiance of King Creon's command, gives the body of her brother a ritual burial, and how her condemnation to death by the king results in her suicide, the suicide of the king's sons, and the death of his wife. The Department of Classics, University of Otago and Classic Productions. 1998. 67 min. Video/C 6462

Antigone (Antigoni)(1961)
Director George Tzavellas (Yorgos Javellas). Cast: Irene Papas, Manos Katrakis, 1962. Greek dialogue, English subtitles. 86 min. DVD 3141; also on VHS Video 999:373
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Antigone (Theban Plays).
A new translation by Don Taylor; directed by Don Taylor. Cast: Juliet Stevenson (Antigone), John Shrapnel (Creon), John Gielgud, Gwen Taylor. c1988. 120 min. DVD 1550; also on VHS Video/C 1146

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Antigone
Director Gerald Freedman. Cast: Genevieve Bujold, Stacy Keach, Fritz Weaver, Leah Chandler, James Naughton, Betty Miller, Louis Zorich. A filmed play adaptation from the Jean Anouilh reinterpretation of the Sophocles tragedy. First written and produced during the Nazi Occupation, this play about a young woman facing a morally corrupt world raises powerful questions of human interaction in regard to collaboration, responsibility and personal integrity. A production of Thirteen/WNET for NET Playhouse on PBS 10/7/72. 90 min. DVD 8444; vhs Video/C 6861

Antigone: Rites of Passion
Director Amy Greenfield; featuring Bertram Ross, Janet Eilber, Amy Greenfield. An innovative dance/film interpretation of the classic Greek drama of the heroine who defied the state to bury her brother. The film examines the conflict between moral and political law. 1990. 85 min. DVD 536; VHS 999:890

Antigone
Directed by Don Taylor. Cast: Juliet Stevenson, Gwen Taylor, John Shrapnel, John Gielgud. 1984. 120 min. Video/C 1146

Antigone
Jean Anouilh version; excerpts. Sound/C 910

Antigone
Jean Anouilh version. Directed by Howard Sackler. Sound/C 272

Antigone
Read in the original Greek. The text upon which the present reading...is based, was edited by Martin L. D'Ooge (Boston, 1888). Performed by members of Columbia University. Produced by Eugene Bruck. Sound/C 782

Gospel at Colonus (Oedipus at Colonus)
Director, Kirk Browning. Cast: Clarence Fountain and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, J.D. Steele Singers, Institutional Radio Choir, J.J. Farley and the Original Soul Stirrers. Tells the story of Oedipus as a gospel music revelation. c1987. DVD 4328 (preservation copy); also VHS Video/C 1307

Oedipus at Colonus
Directed by Don Taylor. A new translation by Don Taylor ; Cast: Anthony Quayle (Oedipus), Juliet Stevenson [Antigone], Gwen Taylor [Ismene], Clive Francis [Theseus], John Shrapnel [Creon], Kenneth Haigh [Polynices]. Presents the second of the three Theban plays by Sophocles in a contemporary translation that remains true to the text, setting the plays in the past yet not the distant past and dispensing with the masks. The second segment of the trilogy recounts the final days of the blind Oedipus in which he rails against the indignities of old age. 1988. 240 min. DVD 1549; also on VHS Video/C 1145

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Oedipo alcalde (Oedipus Mayor) (Colombia / Spain / Mexico / Cuba, 1996)
Directed by Jorge Alí Triana. Cast: Jorge Perugorria, Angela Molina, Francisco Rabal, Jorge Martinez. Set in modern-day Colombia this classic tale of patricide and incest by Sophocles was updated by Gabriel Gárci Márques. A local mayor is sent to a small town in the Colombian Andes to negotiate peace with the guerrilla revolutionaries, while there begins a romance with a widow of a war lord. 100 min. DVD 7960
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Oedipus Rex (Edipo re)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1967. Cast: Silvana Mangano (Jocasta), Franco Citti (Oedipus), Alida Valli (Merope), Carmelo Bene (Creon), Julian Beck (Tiresias). A dark and riveting retelling of the classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Set in modern Morocco with added prologue and epilogue, his play is extended into the present and points out that the motives of the ancient tragedy still exist today. 1967. 119 min. DVD 5609; vhs Video/C 999:1677
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Catania, Saviour. "Cinematizing the Euripidean and Sophoclean Spatial Dialectics: On the 'Skene-Self' in Pasolini's Medea and Edipo Re." Literature/Film Quarterly, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 170-79, 2000. UC users only
Eloit, Audrčne. "Oedipus Rex by Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Palimpsest: Rewriting and the Creation of Pasolini's Cinematic Language." Literature/Film Quarterly, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 288-99, 2004. UC users only
Petkovic, Nikola. "Re-Writing the Myth, Rereading the Life: The Universalizing Game in Pier Paolo Pasolini's Edipo Re." American Imago: Studies in Psychoanalysis and Culture, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 39-68, Spring 1997.

Bibliography of books/articles about Pier Paolo Pasolini

Oedipus Rex
Directed by Julie Taymor. Jean Cocteau (libretto). Jessye Norman (Jocasta) ; Philip Langridge (Oedpius) ; Bryn Terfel (Creon) ; Min Tanaka (Oedipus dancer) ; Kayoko Shiraishi (The Speaker) ; Harry Peeters (Tiresias) ; Michio Tatara (Messenger) ; Robert Swensen (Shepherd) ; Shinyu-Kai Chorus ; Tokyo Opera Singers ; Saito Kinen Festival Dancers ; Saito Kinen Orchestra ; Seiji Ozawa, conductor. 1992. 59 min. DVD 4790; vhs Video/C 9581

Oedipus Rex
Director, Brian Large; produced by Peter Gelb, Pat Jaffe; stage production and film direction by Julie Taymor. Performers: Philip Langridge, Jessye Norman, Min Tanaka ; Saito Kinen Orchestra conducted by Sejii Ozawa ; Shinyu-Kai Chorus ; Tokyo Opera singers ; Saito Kinen Festival. Performance of Stravinski's work from the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan. Opera-oratorio in two acts by Igor Stravinsky. Original libretto, Jean Cocteau; English translation, e.e. cummings ; Japanese translation, Kazuko Matsuoka.Poem by Jean Cocteau based on the play by Sophocles. c1992 58 min. DVD 4790; also vhs Video 9581

Oedipus Rex(Theban Plays)
Directed by Don Taylor. Cast: Michael Pennington (Oedipus), Cyril Cusack (Priest), John Shrapnel (Creon), John Gielgud (Teiresias), Claire Bloom (Jocasta), Norman Rodway (Corinthian messenger), David Waller (Shepherd), Gerard Murphy (Messenger) ; Endymion Ensemble. Presents the first of the three Theban plays by Sophocles in a contemporary translation that remains true to the text, setting the plays in the past yet not the distant past and dispensing with the masks. The first segment of the trilogy recounts the story of Oedipus, King of Thebes, a man, who out of stubborn pride, must know the truth at all costs. 1987. 45 min. DVD 1548; Video/C 991

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Oedipus Rex
Directed by Tyrone Guthrie W.B. Yeats adaptation. Cast: Douglas Campbell, Eleanor Stuart, Robert Goodier, Donald Davis. The Stratford, Ontario, Shakespearean Festival Players, speaking through Greek masks, present the tragedy of Oedipus, who, having unwittingly slain his father and unknowingly married his mother, is driven by the plague that has swept through his kingdom to track down the evildoer who has polluted his land and its people. 88 min. DVD 4856; DVD 1176; also VHS Video/C 1076
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Oedipus Rex
Cast: Jessye Norman (Jocasta) ; Philip Langridge (Oedpius) ; Bryn Terfel (Creon) ; Min Tanaka (Oedipus dancer) ; Kayoko Shiraishi (The Speaker) ; Harry Peeters (Tiresias) ; Michio Tatara (Messenger) ; Robert Swensen (Shepherd) ; Shinyu-Kai Chorus ; Tokyo Opera Singers ; Saito Kinen Festival Dancers ; Saito Kinen Orchestra ; Seiji Ozawa, conductor. Performance of Stravinski's work from the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan. Includes: Conversations with Julie Taymor, a 59 minute film revealing the background of this award-winning production, featuring interviews with Jessye Norman, Seiji Ozawa, George Tyspin and Julie Taymor. It is accompanied by 187 rehearsal and performance photos. Sung in Latin, spoken in Japanese with optional subtitles in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese (opera only). 58 min. (opera); 59 min. (documentary). DVD 4790

Oedipus Rex
Stratford Festival Canada. Sound/C 204

Oedipus Rex Yeats version. Sound/C 204

Oedipus the King Featuring Michael Pennington, Claire Bloom, John Gielgud. 120 min. Video/C 1144

Classical Figures in Film

Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) (Brazil, 1959)
Directed by Marcel Camus. The classical legend of Orpheus and Eurydice unfolds in an updated version against the riotously colorful background of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. In the black section of the city, Orpheus is a street-car conductor and Eurydice a pretty country girl fleeing from a mysterious man sworn to kill her, a man who in the story represents Fate or Death. 103 min. DVD 50; VHS 999:352
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Hercules films.
SEE Ancient Civilizations in the Movies

Jason and the Argonauts.
SEE Ancient Civilizations in the Movies

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Director, Joel Coen. Cast: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Charles Durning, John Goodman, Michael Badalucco, Holly Hunter. Disenchanted with the daily drudge of a Mississippi prison farm, the silver-tongued Ulysses Everett McGill busts loose, still shackled to his two chain-gang mates. Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey", this is the story of the three convicts and their adventures as they travel home in hopes of recovering buried loot before it's lost forever in a flood. 103 min. DVD 778
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Orphée (Orpheus)
Directed by Jean Cocteau. Cast: Jean Marais, Maria Casar`es, Marie Dea, Francois Perier. Depicts a famous poet scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife Eurydice and a mysterious princess. Seeking inspiration the poet follows the princess from the world of the living to the land of the deceased through Cocteau's trademark "mirrored portal," in this legendary tale in a modern Parisian setting. 86 min. DVD 209; vhs Video 999:211
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Orpheus Descending
Directed by Peter Hall. Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Kevin Anderson, Anne Twomey, Miriam Margolyes. "Orpheus Descending" is the story of an itinerant guitarist, a latter-day Orpheus, who is destroyed when he descends into the arid hell of a small Southern town to rescue Lady from the impotent embrace of her cancer-doomed husband. The play is based on the character Orpheus from Greek mythology. Based on a play by Tennessee Williams. 1990. 117 min. Video/C 999:526
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Phèdre.
Directed by Pierre Jourdan. Based on: Phedre / Jean Racine. Cast: Marie Bell (Phedre), Jean Chevrier (Theramine), Jacques Dacqmine (Theseus), Claude Giraud (Hippolyte) A film version of the play by Jean Racine, this is a study of powerful human emotions in the style of the Greek tragedy. 1968. 93 min. Video/C 1128
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Politics(1931)
Directed by Charles F. Riesner. Cast: Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, Roscoe Ates. In this reworking of Lysistrata, a widow, Hattie (Marie Dressler), decides to run for mayor after her daughter gets involved with a young mobster who has been framed for murder. When the menfolk don't back Hattie, she encourages women to stop taking care of their husbands to force them to vote for her. Features Polly Moran as the campaign manager. 73 min. DVD X3542

Prometheus' Garden
Prometheus' garden: Claymation story inspired by the Greek myth of Prometheus, a Titan who created the first mortals from clay and stole fire from the gods. In Prometheus' Garden the viewer is immersed in a cinematic universe unlike any other. The dark and magical images of this haunting film unfold in a dreamlike stream of consciousness revealing an unlikely cast of clay characters engaged in a violent struggle for survival. In Luck of a Foghorn, animation, home movies, and documentary cinematography unfold with a dreamlike symphonic score by Laird Dixon, taking viewers behind the scenes of the making of Bickford's animated masterpiece, Prometheus' Garden. Animation, Bruce Bickford. 1988. 28 min. DVD X293

Le Testament d'Orphée, ou ne me demandez pas (The Testament of Orpheus, or Do Not Ask Me Why.
Directed by Jean Cocteau. Cast: Jean Marais, Maria Casarès, Francois Perier, Maria Dea. In his last film, Cocteau portrays an 18th century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection. The film finished the circle of the journey begun in Blood of a Poet, exploring the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations. 1960. 79 min. DVD 210; vhs Video 999:109
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Ulysses (Ireland, 1967)
Directed by Joseph Strick. Cast: Milo O'Shea, Barbara Jefford, Maurice Roeves, T. P. McKenna, Anna Manahan. This film depicts a day in the life of Leopold Bloom, whose odyssey through the streets of turn-of-the-century Dublin leads him through trials that parallel those of Ulysses on his epic journey home. Based on the novel by James Joyce. 124 min. DVD 311; vhs Video/C 1440
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