Cacoyannis hand-picked Italy's Franco Freda and Adalgisa Favella as make-up artist and hair stylist, respectively, for the film. The emotions are all necessarily larger than life and the actors must be able to pull off a lot of showy moaning and groaning with an occasional lung bursting yell. Redgrave lets out a wail that only a woman in her situation could produce. Add in her incredible presence and instantly recognizable speaking voice and it's no mystery how she remained a viable leading lady well into her seventies. Interestingly, this film portrays Helen as a materialistic temptress, a departure from the noble and angelic Helen in the Iliad. The performances all seem too objectified, too generalized - all except Irene Papas, as Helen of Troy, who flaunts her body and teases her guards and takes a haughty bath in a bowl of water while the women outside thirst in the sun. Photos © Copyright Josef Shaftel Productions Inc.
The style of storytelling has evolved in modern times and the use of a Greek chorus, combined with the 1970's style of filming that Patrick mentioned, makes the film seem doubly dated. Videocassette release of the 1971 motion picture. Katharine Hepburn as Hecuba in The Trojan Women. They say art brings its own form of immortality and certainly the author, Euripides, would probably be amazed and impressed to know that his work was still being performed millenniums after he wrote it. Her character is possessed of a certain dignity even when she seems her most insane.
I regret that the quality of the sychronization of the lip movements to the speeches of the actresses is not always what it should be. Outraged, Hecuba warns Helen not to hide behind the gods, but to acknowledge her ambitious, selfish cravings. Le troiane it ; The Trojan Women pt-br ; Las troyanas es ; The Trojan Women nl ; Троянки ru ; The Trojan Women en ; Troja de ; The Trojan Women pt ; The Trojan Women en-gb ; The Trojan Women en-ca ; Τρωάδες el ; Les Troyennes fr film del 1971 diretto da Michael Cacoyannis it ; pinicla de 1971 dirigía por Michael Cacoyannis ext ; film sorti en 1971 fr ; 1971. In short it's a memorable screen adaptation of a timeless piece of theater dealing with the tragic aftermath of battle. The city has fallen into Greek hands and it is likely their lot to become slaves of Greek soldiers. Vanessa Redgrave, as Andromache, seems to be playing the idea of a woman who has had her little son murdered, rather than an actual mother in such a situation. For instance, the confrontation between Hekabe, Helen, and Menelaus, is little more than a legalistic argument Euripides' plays, according to Quintilian, were recommended readings for Roman attorneys, such as Cicero or Pliny the Younger.
Talthybius then informs Hecuba that her daughter-in-law Andromache has been spared but her youngest daughter, Polyxena, has been forced to watch over the tomb of Achilles, alone in the desert until her death. After the burial, as dusk arrives, Talthybius orders the remains of Troy burnt and herds the women together to be led to the ships. Hecuba's daughter, Cassandra Geneviève Bujold , fears being enslaved by her Greek masters, while Helen of Troy Irene Papas risks being executed. As with the German made A Woman in Berlin 2008 , The Trojan Women demonstrates that while the men die in battle, it is the women who endure defeat. What the movie has going for it are the things my brothers mentioned. The performances that I really found compelling were those of Redgrave and Papas--the former in her role as the distraught mother and the latter as the beautiful schemer. Of course, it's doubtful that no matter how good such a version could be that it would ever be able to gather such a strong cast of actresses together again.
If you have any legal issues please contact the appropriate media file owners or host sites. When Hecuba recommends that Andromache quell her own misery to set an example for the other women, Andromache doubts she can endure being a concubine. I know Redgrave is a revered actress of stage and screen, but in this role her depiction of Andromache struck me as erratic and directionless. Euripedes wrote one of the most powerful plays against the horrors of war and the suffering that women go thjrough, that never will be out of date as long as wars are waged. As Eric wrote, there is nothing subtle about a Greek tragedy.
She, the day she gave birth to Paris. In fact, the actresses got on well, talking about painting, politics, and acting —Hepburn expressed enthusiasm for Redgrave's 1966 Rosalind in — and both actresses began to learn Spanish. All contents are provided by non-affiliated third parties and contain only links to other sites on the Internet. In Hecuba she had one of her juiciest roles and she doesn't disappoint. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Genevieve Bujold, Irene Papas. There are some great lines of dialogue, but the structure is weak. Hecuba and the other women of Troy rise to find their city in ruins and their cause lost.
Powerful performances, powerful Greek drama tyhat is still relevent today. Because the play focuses almost exclusively on the four central women, the majority of shots were close-ups or group shots of the band of women as they reacted to what was being said. Both were veterans of the films of , , and. She constantly teeters back and forth whining, speaking calmly, yelling, and weeping. Somehow thrusting Euripides into a 'realistic' setting, outside the walls of what was supposed to be Troy, paradoxically brought an artificiality to the drama, at times making Hepburn and Bujold seem as if they were tearing their passions to tatters--an impression enhanced by their grungy costumes.
Athenian audiences, who spent hours in the law courts, were mad about rhetoric and legalisms. She's cast as the villain, which seems a bit unfair and is the strongest evidence that the original script was written by a man. As the Trojan women pray and weep over the city's final destruction, Hecuba calls them to face their future of enslavement. Fearful, Helen grabs her husband's knife, but he prevents her from stabbing herself and orders her taken to his ship. This English translation by Edith Hamilton was originally used on Broadway in 1938. See Also: , , , , , , , Astyanax, , , , , © Copyright 1997-2019 :: All Rights Reserved Contact us via email at Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc.
The younger actresses are also quite good. Other Titles: Trojan women Motion Picture Abstract:. With her is her daughter Cassandra, whose sanity has taken a vacation. Her roller coaster of emotions shifts so suddenly that the actress seemed better suited for the role of Cassandra. Papas is good as Helen and the character of Helen is an interesting one. A movie adaptation of a play written over 2,300 years previously is a pretty amazing thing. Cacoyannis photographs them as icons.