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Ηλέκτρα [Electra] (1962)

Ominous, threatening, suffocating – almost Bergmanesque. Starts as a silent (five minutes before someone speaks!) and is executed throughout with subdued power and utmost restraint.

Warrior king returning from war, scheming queen, disowned children – this most dysfunctional family is trapped by destiny, repeating evil by avenging it. Moral struggles with a gender issue touch make things complicated towards the end.

Extremely staged, mindnumbingly slow, excruciatingly elaborate – and with rather unconvincing costumes. Not in my book of greek tragedy.

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