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Inspired by Euripedes' tragedy Hippolytus and set in modern times, this allegorical tale centers on the love triangle between a fabulously wealthy Greek shipping magnate, his lonely second wife, and his first-born son. The affair between the wife and her stepson begins soon after she arrives in London to bring him back to Greece so her husband can teach him about shipping and he can marry another tycoon's daughter to cement a new alliance. Though the son quickly falls in love with his beautiful stepmother, he cannot overcome his crushing guilt at having betrayed his father. When the… More

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"Unlike wine, bad films do not get better with age."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"I found it entertaining as a bad film, one that detracts from the Greek tragedy with ludicrous offerings of sex."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
""Phaedra" straddles a line between ancient and modern sensibilities. It is an undervalued and underseen example of mythology adapted to cinema."
‑ Cole Smithey,
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