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The Trojan Women

The Trojan Women (1971)

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The Trojan Women is a film of the ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides, which is a highly mannered, ritual-like stage play. It was not easy to transform it into a movie while remaining faithful to the play, but there are many rewards for the patient viewer. The score by Mikis Theodorakis (Zorba the Greek) fits the story beautifully, and the film's re-creation of the ancient Mediterranean is memorable. Finally, the original play, despite its great age, has what are still considered among the finest

Sep 14, 2004

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Plodding, stage bound dull drama of the sack of Troy. Some great actresses marooned in this turgid undertaking.
December 26, 2008
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The film is unsuccesful in many ways and is flawed; it is mostly the rythm that suffers as the tragic mode/style of talking doesn't match the 'naturalistic' cinematic art. Cacoyannis tries to bring some cinematic effects as equivalents to the play's stylized structure (such as the choral section with the montage of the faces of Trojan women as a way to evoke ritualistic effects) but not all of them succeed. I would say that it fails because of that: looking for equivalents in film language for another language (that of ancient Greek theatre) is the problem, instead of trying to reimagine from scratch the play in cinematic terms as Pasolini did for his own adaptations of tragedies. Yet, despite its flaws, the film manages to be really powerful at times. This is thanks to the text itself as well as the masterful performances, especially by Katharine Hepburn as Hecuba and Vanessa Redgrave as Andromache. It definitely deserves to be seen as it can be rewarding for those who have some patience to spare.
March 22, 2014
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