Iphigenia

  • 1977
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This Greek tragedy based on Euripides' play of 407 BC tells the story of King Agamemnon (Kazakos), the leader of the Greek army, as he prepares to launch a thousand ships in order to retrieve the kidnaped Helen, wife of his elder brother, Carras. As his fleet lies becalmed, Kazakos and Carras appeal to the gods and are told through their oracles that Kazakos...read more

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This Greek tragedy based on Euripides' play of 407 BC tells the story of King Agamemnon (Kazakos), the leader of the Greek army, as he prepares to launch a thousand ships in order to retrieve the kidnaped Helen, wife of his elder brother, Carras. As his fleet lies becalmed, Kazakos and

Carras appeal to the gods and are told through their oracles that Kazakos must sacrifice his 12-year-old daughter, Papamoskou. Papas is the tragic heroine who begs Kazakos to reconsider and spare their daughter. This marks director Cacoyannis' third adaptation of a Greek tragedy, following 1961's

ELECTRA, which brought him international renown, and 1971's THE TROJAN WOMEN. While Papas' performance is superb, albeit familiar, and the photography beautiful, the well-crafted IPHIGENIA is still not a picture for all audiences. Cacoyannis is better suited than most to adapt Greek tragedies, but

the resulting film inspires less awe than one would hope. Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Film in 1977. (In Greek; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1977
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This Greek tragedy based on Euripides' play of 407 BC tells the story of King Agamemnon (Kazakos), the leader of the Greek army, as he prepares to launch a thousand ships in order to retrieve the kidnaped Helen, wife of his elder brother, Carras. As his fl… (more)

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