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Based on the Greek tragedy about a man who, unaware of his true parentage, kills his father and marries his mother.

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Critic Reviews for Oedipus Rex

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Oedipus Rex

  • Oct 05, 2015
    Pasolini's Oedipus Rex works great for me. Loved the desert setting, tribal elements, and dramatic intensity. The film feels grounded in an earthy seriousness, which allows for an Oedipus that is supremely prideful without being ridiculous.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Pasolini is an interesting director, it's really worth it for movie fans to at least see one of his movies. This one is his interpretation of the old Oedipus Rex story. It actually takes place where the old story says it takes place, which is awesome. The actors are really good too. The movie is very realistic and intense. I really liked it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2008
    Removing sentiments,matrimonial confusions,it's no less than a naked intellect.Pasolini is the withering god of punctuality and the desolate face of Citti is fully eloquent in the antique manner of its topic.The kings are not dead yet..
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2006
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Oedipus Rex", baby Oedipus is abandoned and left to die but is saved by a stranger and brought before King Polybus(Ahmed Belhachmi) of Corinth who adopts him. Oedipus(Franco Citti) grows up into a headstrong young man but is plagued by strange dreams. So, he makes the pilgrimage to the Oracle at Delphi who delivers the bad news - he is fated to kill his father and have sex with his mother.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]With "Oedipus Rex", Pier Paolo Pasolini reinterprets another classic while adding his own touches.(The movie starts out with a seemingly non-related prologue in modern times and returns to modern times for the finale.) The movie was filmed on location in Morocco and makes fine use of the beautiful but barren locations. By using little dialogue and even some intertitles, Pasolini relies on the imagery to tell this version of Sophocles' play about one person trying to escape his destiny.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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