Elektra (1962)

Genres - Theater  |   Sub-Genres - Filmed Play  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - Greece  |  
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Both Sophocles and Euripides wrote tragedies around the tale of Electra, the daughter of Clytemnestra who ultimately commits matricide with the collusion of her brother, Orestes. This is a filmed stage play of the Sophocles version of the story, and although director Ted Zarpas does not try to change the stage performance in any way, it is good enough on its own to carry the 115-minute drama. Electra and Orestes both know their mother and her lover killed their father, Agememnon, but since they were children at the time they could do nothing about it. Orestes leaves home and Electra stays, burning for the day she can avenge Agememnon's death, the day her brother returns. In addition to this well-known story, some introduction to the theater that housed the performance is given at the beginning of the film, as well as a brief explanation about the nature of Greek tragedies.

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brother, father, matricide, mother, revenge