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Oedipus Rex (1967)

Cast: Silvana Mangano, Silvana Mangano, Franco Citti, more...
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Pier Paolo Pasolini
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Water Bearer Films
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Italy
Running Time: 110 min.
Languages: Italian
Subtitles: English
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This updated version of the Greek tragedy from Sophocles bears some slight resemblance to the original mythology. Edipo (Franco Citti) is abandoned by his father after the father receives an oracle telling him he will die at the hands of his own son. Raised by a childless couple, Edipo goes through a series of adventures before he marries his own mother. When they discover they are mother and son, Edipo blinds himself and his mother commits suicide. It's enough to give the audience a complex. ~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

better than Medea by thomasadam October 6, 2004 - 7:16 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This is a failthfull retelling of the Oedipus story. Pasolini claimed that he was filming his "own Oedipus Complex" and I suppose he does. The film begins and ends in the present, and that is one of the best aspects of the film. It makes you think about myth and modernity. The camera work is superb, and the movie is beautifull. Much commendation also for the costumes. Truly inspired. Still, I found this movie a bit boring, but it is what it is.

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