Antigone (1961) (Full Frame)

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Sophocles' immortal tragedy "Antigone" receives a definitive cinematic interpretation in this 1961 film. Irene Papas heads a cast of over 500 actors of the Greek stage and screen, joined by soldiers and horsemen of the Greek Royal Guard. Performing in the original Greek, Papas and, in particular, Manos Katrakis as the tyrannical Theban King Creon, embody Sophocles' timeless themes with earthy conviction and irresistible passion. In the aftermath of a bloody civil war that fatally pitted both her brothers against each other, Antigone (Papas), daughter of Oedipus, picks through the carnage outside the gates of Thebes in search of her fallen siblings' bodies. Vowing to bury both men, Antigone defies a direct edict from Thebes' King Creon that Antigone's rebel brother remain unsanctified for having led the insurrection. Antigone's defiance of Creon and devotion to her shattered family divides the city of Thebes, threatens her sister's betrothal to Creon's son and invokes the wrath of a king willing to defy the gods themselves to satisfy his selfish vengeance. But by condemning Antigone, Creon unwittingly dooms himself to a sentence far crueler than any punishment he could inflict on his enemies. While remaining faithful to the original text, director Georges Tzavellas interprets "Antigone" as an intimate black and white epic that recalls Orson Welles' "Macbeth" and Laurence Olivier's filmed "Hamlet". As relevant now as it was in the Fourth Century BC, "Antigone's" rich tapestry of complex characters pushed to the limits of loyalty, savagery, love and fate comes vividly to life in this superior film adaptation.

Presented in Black & White.

Greek Language Film with English Subtitles.

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Starring: Irene Papas, Manos Katrakis, Janet Eilber, Maro Kontou
Studio Name: Team Marketing
DVD Release Date: 06/01/2010
Rating: Not Rated
Format: DVD
Screen Format: Full Frame
Run Time (in minutes): 82 minutes
Language: English
Audio Tracks: AC, Digital Sound
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.22
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.4
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