"Electra" is, simply put, the best adaptation of the tragedy ever made. It's hard to imagine how else could one turn this psychologically complex drama into film, but here Cacoyannis does it masterfully. It is almost a silent film, trusting most of the actions and emotions to images, and that is so hard to find today...In fact, throughout the history of sound cinema, it's been quite hard for directors to base their films around image moreso than dialog, but in "Electra" Cacoyannis does it almost flawlessly. Every single (and I'm not lying, every single one of them) frame is a masterpiece of photography. Including the actors themselves (Orestes and Electra are both beautiful). Perfect composition is an understatement. However, here's where the film's problems begin. It's just TOO perfect...I know that sounds impossible, but that's what slows down "Electra". In its search for the perfect shot, it delays actions and overextends simple things. Of course the final shot is aesthetically brilliant and stimulating, but it takes its time. In my opinion, that's the only flaw, but I could point out that the ritual-like manner of the movie could bother some, and its length. But if you're patient enough, you'll find unrivaled visual beauty that is more than style exercise, since it actually conveys emotions and tells the story. For better or worse, there's no other film like this.