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Running time
110 min.
Italy Italy
Pier Paolo Pasolini (Play: Euripides)
Ennio Guarnieri
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Co-production Italy-France-Germany
Drama | Ancient Greece
Movie Groups
Euripides Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
Featuring Opera Diva Maria Callas in her only film role Based on the Greek classic by Euripides, Pasolini's Medea tells the tale of Jason, the leader of the invincible army of Argonaut, and his quest for the Golden Fleece. Meeting the priestess of the Fleece, Medea (Callas), Jason falls in love with her and takes her home as she sacrifices everything to be with him, including dismembering her own brother. Years later he spurns her for a new love, the young and beautiful Glauce. Medea, using her witch-craft powers, exacts a terrible revenge upon Jason leading to a terrifying climax where loyalty and betrayal are tried before the altar of human sacrifice. With his classic, haunting, cinematic beauty; capturing the mythic qualities of the original Greek play, Pasolini tackles sexuality, love and desire at the dawn of Christianity showing the people of the Mediterranean as conflict-ripe melting pot of racial and cultural diversity.
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