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Phaedra


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  • Actors: Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, Raf Vallone
  • Directors: Jules Dassin
  • Writers: Jules Dassin, Margarita Lymberaki, Euripides
  • Producers: Jules Dassin, Noel Howard
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052SO0YC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,136 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The wife of a Greek shipping tycoon has a love affair with her stepson.

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No one who buys this DVD will be disappointed!
Frederick Brandow
A moving, very interesting and fantastically played interpretation (adaptation to modern life) of the ancient myth.
Martina
Melina Mercouri, and a young and compelling Anthony Perkins, in what are among their greatest roles.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Pamela S. Dorris on August 31, 2011
Format: DVD
I once asked my 92 year old grandmother what was the single most memorable event that had occurred during her long life. Was it the invention of the automobile? TV? A-bomb? Men on the moon? Her reply was that she couldn't speak to my question but one thing she knew for sure: human nature never changed.

Greek tragedies are studied in institutions of higher education because they resonate in the psyches of people today in much the same way they did before Christ was born, largely because human nature never changes. The story of Phaedra's tragic mis-alliance with her stepson plays out in this movie because there are elements within it that are simply timeless.

Phaedra, the pampered, adored but bored wife of a shipping tycoon, finds herself inexplicably and inexorably drawn into an affair with the tycoon's son from an earlier marriage. It's a glorious thing. He's young, attractive, sexually inexperienced and a breath of fresh air. She's older but still beautiful, a rose in full bloom, no longer a bud but still desirable in the catnip way older women appeal to younger men today. She's secure in herself and offers the promise of being an experienced lover.

Ka-boom!

When the stepson enters into business with his tycoon father, the impossibility of continuing the affair becomes apparent. Phaedra is now repelled by the tycoon's sexual attentions and jealous of his son's youthful companions. The stepson is young and trying to do the right thing, but can't deny he still has feelings for Phaedra. It's doomed.

The familiar story of Aristotle Onassis's life provided ample parallels with the backstory of this movie.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Hildegard Brosseau on July 27, 2011
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This is a limited edition and once people find out how good it is, it won't be available for very long, I should think. The DVD transfer - from whatever source - is fabulous. Clear, crisp print, good as new, in super wide screen. No black borders, just glorious Greece, London and Paris and Melina Mercouri and Anthony Perkins as the doomed lovers, not forgetting the magnetic Raf Vallone. It's just as good as when you first saw it in the cinema. And if you haven't, you absolutely MUST see it now. You won't see the likes of it again, not very likely.
Don't be discouraged by the stupid "lesbian " tag this film is given on this [the amazon] and other websites. It has nothing to do with lesbianism. But it has a lot to do with Greek tragedy. Powerful performances by Mercouri and Perkins. Neither was ever better in any film. Oh yes, almost forgot, and then there's the music by Theodorakis. Hauntingly beautiful. Thanks to MGM/Fox for making this film available. FINALLY!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John Romeo on July 12, 2011
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This is about as good as it gets when it comes to making those dreary Greek myths palatable. The casting was brilliant and the acting is superb. If she was my stepmother, I'd certainly give it a shot! A haunting and unforgetable face that will stay with you for days, maybe a lifetime. And, forget Norman Bates, Perkins as a lovesick boy is much more appealing and convincing. These are Oscar worthy performances. The real surprise though is Vallone as the modern day irrepressible Zorba pushed finally to the limit. Man can be destroyed but not defeated! The black and white cinematography is lovely, and the Greek locations and music wrap it up into a beautiful package. The "cloudiness", both visual and intellectual, is just right. The transfer is better than you'd expect. Hmmm, and just a mere 50years after its release, it finally is available on DVD "upon request". Do it! They don't make them this way anymore. Alas!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amfreville Marc on August 17, 2011
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Absolutely excellent. It was an essential item missing in Melina Mercouri's list of available movies. I do hope this initiative will go on and we shall soon be able to purchase Dreams of Passion for example. The acting is remarkable, both Melina and Perkins are totally convincing. The sound track is excellent, and this adaptation of a classic one of the best in its genre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By marco covarrubias on October 24, 2012
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WHY AND WHO DECIDE TO CANNED THIS MASTERPIECE FOR 50 YEARS?.

YES, THE PICTURE IS ONE OF THE BEST....LIKE CASABLANCA OR BETTER.

THIS MASTERPIECE SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN EVERY SCHOOL WITH A SERIOUS
PROGRAM IN LITERATURE..... SEEING THIS MOVIE IS REALLY A GREAT PLEASURE.

I CLAP MY HANDS TO THE EXCUTIVE WHO HAS THE TASTE AND WISDOM TO BRING
BACK TO LIFE AGAIN THIS MASTERPIECE.

SINCERLY,

MARCO COVARRUBIAS
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JE Farrow on December 27, 2011
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Like evrybody else it seems, I've been trying to find even a VHS copy of PHAEDRA, even Netflix doesn't have it. This is a modern version of the classic Greek play by Euripides. It tells of a woman who has offended Aphrodite so grievously that the goddess curses Phaedra (played by a ravishingly beautiful) Melina Mercouri, making her fall in love with her stepson (Tony Perkins). Raf Vallone plays the Greek shipping tycoon husband & father.

The son from a previous marriage lives with his British mom in the UK & wants to be an artist. This desire, combined with his mother's endless complaints, has turned him sour on his Greek dad. There are inner-family tensions in Greece as well`as family members try to mark out their territory. Raf Vallone also wants his son to move to Greece & join the firm. Bad idea.

Phaedra goes to London to meet her stepson for the first time. They meet in the London Museum Greek Collection room (where else) near a statue of a headless Aphrodite. One thing leads to another as the tragedy unfolds.

The choice of Perkins as Phaedra's lover seems strange at first & he is passive in the film; but it makes sense when you realize that Phaedra is the aggressor--on all levels.

Director Jules Dassin keeps in key elements of the original PHAEDRA, like "the Nurse," Phaedra's sole confident--and the Greek chrous of women, local towns women, who are particularly effective near the end when the husband's flag ship, The Phaedra (naturally), goes down, killing most of the towns men on board. They beat on the office door, begging for news. Instead the door is opened and a steeley-cold & sun-glassed Phaedra walks out & pushes through the crowd without saying a word.
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