Edipo re (Oedipus Rex) (1967)




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This updated version of the Greek tragedy from Sophocles bears some slight resemblance to the original mythology. Edipo (Franco Citti) is abandoned by his father after the father receives an oracle telling him he will die at the hands of his own son. Raised by a childless couple, Edipo goes through a series of adventures before he marries his own mother. When they discover they are mother and son, Edipo blinds himself and his mother commits suicide. It's enough to give the audience a complex.
Art House & International , Drama
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Water Bearer Films


Franco Citti
as Oedipus
Alida Valli
as Merope
Julian Beck
as Tiresias
Francesco Leonetti
as Laius's Servant
Ninetto Davoli
as Angelo the Messenger
Pier Paolo Pasolini
as High Priest
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Critic Reviews for Edipo re (Oedipus Rex)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Pasolini both humanizes the classical legend and reaches deep into the modern psyche to find its origins in ancient agonies.

Full Review… | December 30, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

It's not always necessary to understand Pasolini to be riveted by what he does.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Pasolini's working of the Sophocles tragedy, though not wholly successful, has its very definite strengths.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the most underrated, neglected, and powerful of Pier Paolo Pasolini's features.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fervid chanting and handheld tracking shots inform Pasolini's jangling, fabulously blunt pageant, filled to the brim with mysterious splendor

Full Review… | November 22, 2009

Slow-moving, sensual, and often gorgeous to behold.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Edipo re (Oedipus Rex)

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 Brogan
Robert Brogan

Super Reviewer

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer


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 Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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