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Classical Greek Theater


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.


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.


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

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

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.

Oedipo alcalde (Oedipus Mayor) (Colombia / Spain / Mexico / Cuba, 1996)

Directed by Jorge Ali 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 Garci Marques. 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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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.

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.

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. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database