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Electra (1962)

Ilektra (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 24 October 1962 (France)
Living in exile after the death of their father, the grown children of a murdered and usurped king converge to exact eye-for-an-eye revenge.


Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis)


Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis), Euripides (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Irene Papas ... Elektra
Giannis Fertis ... Orestis
Aleka Katselli ... Klytaemnistra
Theano Ioannidou Theano Ioannidou ... Chorus Leader
Notis Peryalis Notis Peryalis ... Elektra's Husband
Takis Emmanuel ... Pylades
Fivos Razi Fivos Razi ... Aegisthus (as Phoebus Rhazis)
Manos Katrakis ... The Tutor
Eleni Karpeta
Kitty Arseni Kitty Arseni
E. Chatzeemichalee E. Chatzeemichalee
Theano Krassa Theano Krassa
M. Mauropoulou M. Mauropoulou
Elli Trygonopoulo Elli Trygonopoulo
Diza Kountoura Diza Kountoura


A powerful rendering of the tragedy of Elektra by Euripides, second in a trilogy. The film begins with a summary treatment without dialogue of the action of the preceding play, The Agamemnon, in which the wicked Queen Clytemnestra and her lover Aesgisthes murder her husband Agamemnon upon his return from the Trojan War. Written by Paul Brians <brians@wsu.edu>

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Electra shows Clytemnestra a knife and then presents her own hair as if she has hacked it off. When she turns, her hair has been professionally and neatly trimmed very short. See more »


Orestis: This man used to be a master, now he is slave.
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Zeus, if our cause is just, give us victory.
19 February 2020 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

Euripides is the most 'modern' of the ancient dramatists in terms of his psychological penetration and the motives of his characters. This makes his plays ideally suited to the medium of film. Michael Cacoyannis set about the task of filming an Euripidean trilogy of 'Electra', 'The Trojan Women' and 'Iphigenia' of which 'Electra' is probably the best. The score of Theodorakis, cinematography of Walter Lassally and a fabulous cast headed by Irene Papas as Electra, Yannis Fertis as Orestes, Aleka Katselli as Clytemnestra and Manos Katrakis as the Tutor all contribute to a stunning and mesmerising filmic experience. Cacoyannis, Lassally and Papas would go on to make 'Zorba the Greek' and Papas would play Helen and Clytemnestra for the same director. Euripides wrote 'Electra' in about 420 bc and like those other masterpieces of the human mind 'Hamlet' and 'Phaedra', it is for all the ages. Let us be grateful to Cacoyannis for having given us this splendid version. Top marks.

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24 October 1962 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Mycenae, Greece See more »

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Finos Film See more »
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1.66 : 1
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