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Based on the Greek classic by Euripides, Pasolini's Medea tells the tale of Jason, the leader of the invincible army, and his quest for the Golden Fleece. Meeting the priestess of the Flees, Medea (Callas), Jason falls in love with her and takes her home as she sacrifices everything to be with him, including dismembering her own brother. Years later he spurns her for a new love, the young and beautiful Glauce. Medea, using her witch-craft powers, exacts a terrible revenge upon Jason leading to a terrifying climax where loyalty and betrayal are tried before the altar of human sacrifice. Opera legend Maria Callas stars in her only dramatic film role ever. Restored and re-mastered from a new 35mm film-to-tape transfer.
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The one complaint I have in this film is with the dubbing of the dialogue - I've read many places, that it was filmed in English, then dubbed in Italian, possibly by Callas herself and/or possibly by another actress. The Amazon On Demand version is presented in Italian with English subtitles (which I don't mind), but while it sure sounds like Callas, I can't be certain. I would be very interested to see the film with the original English restored, though that may be impossible. Otherwise I wish it could be confirmed that Callas's own dubbing is presented.
I wish another marvelous movie ASIN: 6300133591 were released on DVD, or even better on Blu-ray (a re-mastering please, and not a crummy transfer from VHS tape). Ellen Burstyn and Melina Mercouri in "A Dream of Passion", another retelling of Medea.
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Pasolini did it better some other times.