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Ifigeneia (Iphigenia) (1977)

Ifigeneia (Iphigenia)





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This production by Michael Cacoyannes is respectfully adapted from the ancient classical Greek play by Euripides (485-406 BCE). When the Athenians took off in ships to recover their fabled noble daughter Helen from Paris of Troy, their sailing ships were stalled for lack of wind among a group of islands. They didn't have enough food onboard for a long stay at sea, and some of the expedition leaders, including Agamemnon (Costa Cazakos) and Meneleas (Costa Carras), the cuckolded husband of Helen, decide to go ashore and kill some deer. However, they know that those particular deer are sacred to the gods, and that killing them would bring a curse for impiety onto the whole group. The head of the expedition, on examining the subsequent oracles, tells Agamemnon that the Athenian fleet will have no wind until he sacrifices his own daughter Iphigehnia (Tatiana Papamoskou) to atone for the death of the sacred deer. Clytemnestre (Irene Papas), the girl's mother, tries everything in her power to prevent the sacrifice but is unsuccessful. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
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On DVD: Jul 1, 2007

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Irene Papas
as Clytmnestre
Costa Kazakos
as Agamemnon
Costa Carras
as Meneleas
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As I've said before, there is no one better qualified to tell a story than the people who originated it. In this case, the Greeks have adapted a tragedy from one of their well-known ancient playwrights and have given us this gem of a film. Overall, I was very impressed with what I saw here. All of the actors do a great job but there are times when all the emotional yelling and screaming tends to go overboard. But in a tragedy, I prefer too much emotion to too little. The production was especially impressive for a relatively unknown foreign film from the 70's. I thought that the editing could have been slightly better. The pacing is weighed down in parts with one or two too many still shots; a shot of Agamemnon's tent for 10 seconds, a shot of the beach for 15 seconds, then back to a shot of Agamemnon's tent for another 10 seconds, that sort of thing. Despite all this, Iphigenia excels as a presentation of one piece of one of the greatest stories in human mythology. One of the best shots is the very last one. It may mean more to those who have read the stories and know what the eventual end to this story entails. Too bad these guys never made a sequel!

A solid greek drama-tragedy set amidst figures and events preceding the Trojan War. Besides gorgeous authentic greek landscapes, we also get some serious acting from the protagonists. The style of the movie somehow reminded me of italian spaghetti westerns, with the barren landscape and also a few camera zooms into the eyes of the actors. The story is told in a very theatrical, almost Shakespearean fashion.

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