Medea (1969)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1969
DVD Release Date: November 26, 2002
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Pier Paolo Pasolini's disappointing 1970 version of the Greek tragedy.

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Fernando F. Croce

Abstruse, stark, elemental

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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.

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TV Guide

This fascinating, if not entirely successful, adaptation of the Euripides play has opera diva Callas in her sole screen appearance as the sorceress queen.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

Pasolini strips the play down to symbolic, almost abstract expressions of scenes and ideas, like the cinema equivalent of hieroglyphics.

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The diva's disappointing (dubbed) performance is due to Pasolini's wayward direction.

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Stefanie C
This film is brilliantly set and cast. Pasolini, almost wordlessly, distinguishes between the ancient and mythical world and modern and rational realm. Medea is… More
Cassandra Maples
Medea is an extraordinary film which some will find difficult. Telling the story of Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece, this is not the stuff of Ray… More
Walter M.
If you're a beginner to this ancient Greek tragedy about betrayal and revenge, then Pier Paolo Pasolini's abstract version really is not the place to… More