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Antigone (1961)

Antigoni (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 22 January 1962 (Greece)
Antigone defies her uncle's decree that her traitorous brother should go unburied and therefore find no rest in the afterlife; however, her actions have tragic consequences.

Director:

Yorgos Tzavellas (as George Tzavellas)

Writers:

Sophocles (play), Yorgos Tzavellas (screenplay) (as George Tzavellas)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Irene Papas ... Antigone
Manos Katrakis ... Creon
Maro Kodou Maro Kodou ... Ismene
Nikos Kazis Nikos Kazis ... Haemon
Ilia Livykou ... Eurydice
Giannis Argyris ... A Sentry
Byron Pallis ... A Messenger
Tzavalas Karousos ... Tieresias
Thodoros Moridis ... First Elder of Thebes
Giorgos Vlahopoulos Giorgos Vlahopoulos ... Elder of Thebes
Yorgos Karetas Yorgos Karetas ... Elder of Thebes
Thanasis Kefalopoulos Thanasis Kefalopoulos ... Elder of Thebes
H. Bourgatzas H. Bourgatzas ... Elder of Thebes
I. Garifalidis I. Garifalidis ... Elder of Thebes
A. Kakoulidis A. Kakoulidis ... Elder of Thebes
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Storyline

In the Ancient Greek city of Thebes, King Oedipus killed his father and married his mother Jocasta, having two sons - Eteocles and Polynieces - and two daughters - Ismene and Antigone. King Oedipus died a beggar in the exile after gouging out his own eyes, and Eteocles agreed to reign in Thebes in alternating years with Polynieces. However, Eteocles refuses to resign after the first year and Polynieces is exiled. Polynieces raises an army and attacks Thebes, and the two brothers kill each other. Crean, the new ruler of Thebes Creon decrees that Eteocles should have an honorable burial while the body of the traitor Polynieces should be left on the battlefield to be eaten by jackals and vultures. However, Antigone, who was betrothed to Creon's surviving son Haemon, defies Creon's orders and buries her brother. When Creon is reported of the attitude of Antigone, he sentences her to be sealed in a tomb alive. Antigone hangs herself in the tomb and Haemon tries to kill his father first and... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

22 January 1962 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Rites for the Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Alfa Studios, Athens, Greece

Company Credits

Production Co:

Norma Film Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was screened during 1961-1962 and sold 43,705 tickets. It came 12th out of 68 movies. See more »

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Version of The Kaiser Aluminum Hour: Antigone (1956) See more »

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let's trying judging it without its classical heritage
31 July 2010 | by deschreiberSee all my reviews

Most people who watch this film will be doing it in order to see an example of a classic Greek tragedy. They will be satisfied. It is dignified, stately, and absolutely dripping with fate, destiny, and tragedy.

But what if you are more like an average movie-goer? Does it hold up under more normal criteria? I think it does to some extent, but not particularly well. The plot is started at the very beginning of the opening scene as Antigone expresses her determination to bury her dead brother, and everything else follows inevitably - the entire story is plot-driven. It's a rather simple plot, but it does carry you along. I'm not sure there's a lot more that's really compelling about the film. It's pretty stagey, with actors and extras forming nice patterns, as if lining up with chalk lines on the floor. Although there are a number of small processions and such, this is not a costume epic with a cast of thousands and crane shots filling the screen with colourful eye candy. It's filmed in black and white. Is the acting good? Sure, but bear in mind that the range of emotions is quite limited, and characters pretty much talk in set speeches. They do imbue their dignified speeches with the correct emotions and make them sound sincere.

But, to be honest, I don't think you would recommend this film to anyone unless they had a pre-existing interest in classical Greek drama.


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