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Medea - A Film By Pier Paolo Pasolini / Maria Callas

Maria Callas
Release Date: 12/06/2011 
Label:  eOne   Catalog #: 6902  
Composer:  Various
Performer:  Maria Callas
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 50 Mins. 

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An adaptation of the Euripides play about the woman who helped Jason steal the Golden Fleece. Maria Callas is featured in her only non-operatic role as the vengeful title character. This 1970 film is one of Pier Paolo Pasolini's most memorable films. The instrumental music is based on ancient Greek instruments. Actors include Massimo Girotti and Laurent Terzieff.

Maria Callas - Medea
Guiseppe Gentili - Jason
Laurent Terzieff - Centaur
Massimo Girotti - Greonte
Margarethe Clementi - Glauce
Anna Maria Chio - Nurse

Pier Paolo Pasolini - Director
Read more Rossellini - Producer
Nino Baragli - Editor
Screenwriter - Pier Paolo Pasolini
Nicola Tamburro - Art Director
Ennio Guarnieri - Cinematographer
Piero Tosi - Costume Designer
Euripides - Play Author
Dante Ferretti - Production Designer

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"Pier Paolo Pasolini's very free, very barbaric "Medea," which is less an adaptation of the Euripides play than an interpretation of it, is not completely successful, but it is so full of eccentric imagination and real passion that I'd rather sit through the 10 worst minutes of it than the five best minutes of Michael Cacoyannis's reverential adaptation of "The Trojan Women"...Pasolini has the monumental and marvelous presumption to put himself ahead of Euripides (who was not, after all, a moviemaker), in an attempt to translate into film terms the sense of a prehistoric time, place and intelligence in which all myths and rituals were real experiences. This is Pasolini's interest, and in casting Maria Callas in the title role he has visualized his theme with extraordinary success..."Medea" is uneven, but I admire the reckless courage of its conception, even when it goes wrong. When it is right, as in the poetic and funny prologue, delivered by the centaur (Laurent Terzief), and in its eerie evocation of Medea's world, which (according to Pasolini) is our subconscious world, it is superb." - Vincent Canby, New York Times, [October 29, 1971]
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Work(s) by Various
Performer:  Maria Callas (Spoken Vocals)

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