Antigoni (Antigone) (Rites for the Dead) (1961)





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Greek director Yiorgos Tzavellas helmed this adaptation from the theatrical stage. When Oedipus's sons kill one another in a bitter fight for the throne, Creon (Manos Katrakis) assumes the role of King of Thebes. But when the deceased men's sister, Antigone (Irene Papas), goes against the wishes of the new king and properly buries her dead brothers, the king orders Antigone to be buried alive in a tomb. Will she be able to escape alive?
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The straight-forward play, using no gimmicks, allows the power of Sophocles' words and lyrical parables to come through loud and clear.

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Irene Pappas carries the day here and the whole movie pretty much relies on her acting. The speech come out kind of awkward and the acting is a bit antiquated, filled with strange movements and gesturing and over-the-top responses... perfectly suited for classical Greek tragedy theater. If your looking for a good adaptation, this is the place. The scenery is too much like the old 'sandal-and-sword' representation of the Greco-Roman world, full of trumpets, fake beards and shaky camera and deigns meant to imitate something between... Crete's Minoran Knossos and... something else... but whatever, it was emotionally powerful, particularly Irene's parts.

Ted Pilkati
Ted Pilkati

Pretty good adaptation of the Sophocles Greek tragedy beautifully acted by an all Greek cast. The version I saw had English subtitles and running time was 1 hour, 22 min.

Mara Barker
Mara Barker

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