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Put in the coldest possible terms, Medea is the story of a woman who gets sore at her husband and kills her children to get even. Greek opera diva Maria Callas is certainly in her element as Medea in this 1970 film version of the venerable theatrical piece, with Giuseppe Gentili as her husband Jason and Massimo Girotti as her father, King Creon. When Jason announces that he's prepared to bigamously marry princess Glauce (Margareth Clementi), she exacts her bloody revenge. Despite the excess verbiage and his notoriously loquacious leading lady, director Pier Paolo Pasolini conveys most of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

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"Pier Paolo Pasolini's disappointing 1970 version of the Greek tragedy."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Abstruse, stark, elemental"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Only for an art-house audience, but those who want to feel and poetically experience the ancient world might also find this odd film worth watching, at least once."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"This fascinating, if not entirely successful, adaptation of the Euripides play has opera diva Callas in her sole screen appearance as the sorceress queen."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Pasolini strips the play down to symbolic, almost abstract expressions of scenes and ideas, like the cinema equivalent of hieroglyphics."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"The diva's disappointing (dubbed) performance is due to Pasolini's wayward direction."
‑ , Film4
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