Edipo re (Oedipus Rex)
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This updated version of the Greek tragedy from Sophocles is set in the 19th century, when Edipo 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 eventually fulfils the prophecy.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pasolini both humanizes the classical legend and reaches deep into the modern psyche to find its origins in ancient agonies."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"One of the most underrated, neglected, and powerful of Pier Paolo Pasolini's features."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's a rather piecemeal and sometimes dull affair."
‑ , Film4
"It's not always necessary to understand Pasolini to be riveted by what he does."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Fervid chanting and handheld tracking shots inform Pasolini's jangling, fabulously blunt pageant, filled to the brim with mysterious splendor"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Pasolini's working of the Sophocles tragedy, though not wholly successful, has its very definite strengths."
‑ , Time Out
"Slow-moving, sensual, and often gorgeous to behold."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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