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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.
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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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Over the top in so many ways, but especially with Anthony and "his girl", the Aston Martin. Affectations of High Drama can be so odd, but these stay with you for days.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Melina Mercouri is "Phaedra" - no other actress could have brought this tragic myth of forbidden love to modern day life as she was able to do. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is CRIMINAL that I was kept ignorant of this film until I was almost 57....Forgive me if I gush, but aside from THE LAW, I am almost a Dassin (and Mercouri) newbie. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Robert Sercombe
This was okay. The casting was, to me a bit weird, honestly, and this is even after trying to forget that Anthony Perkins was in Psycho. I liked Raf Vallone in it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Burnier
Sad, obsession , wow not a happy movie but enjoyed it anyway. Love the black an white & of course all
The actors involved....
What a wonderful classic film. Melina was never more alluring and sexy. The fireplace love scene has never been matched for erotic power. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Clive Harrington
Greek tragedy in modern times (early 1960's). A bit slow & heavy-handed at times, but overall a great movie w/ a great cast and director. Very sensual for the time.Published 10 months ago by Jules F in MN
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