Directed by Yorgos Javellas
Sophocles' immortal tragedy ANTIGONE receives a definitive cinematic interpretation in this 1961 film. Irene Papas (Z, THE TROJAN WOMEN, THE GUNS OF NAVARONE) heads a cast of over 500 actors of the Greek stage and screen, joined by soldiers and horsemen of the Greek Royal Guard. Performing in the original Greek, Papas and, in particular, Manos Katrakis as the tyrannical Theban King Creon, embody Sophocles' timeless themes with earthy conviction and irresistible passion.
In the aftermath of a bloody civil war that fatally pitted both her brothers against each other, Antigone (Papas), daughter of Oedipus, picks through the carnage outside the gates of Thebes in search of her fallen siblings' bodies. Vowing to bury both men, Antigone defies a direct edict from Thebes' King Creon that Antigone's rebel brother remain unsanctified for having led the insurrection. Antigone's defiance of Creon and devotion to her shattered family divides the city of Thebes, threatens her sister's betrothal to Creon's son and invokes the wrath of a king willing to defy the gods themselves to satisfy his selfish vengeance. But by condemning Antigone, Creon unwittingly dooms himself to a sentence far crueler than any punishment he could inflict on his enemies.
While remaining faithful to the original text, director Georges Tzavellas interprets ANTIGONE as an intimate black and white epic that recalls Orson Welles' MACBETH and Laurence Olivier's filmed HAMLET. As relevant now as it was in the Fourth Century BC, ANTIGONE's rich tapestry of complex characters pushed to the limits of loyalty, savagery, love and fate comes vividly to life in this superior film adaptation.
"One of the best Greek productions of the 1960s, and highly recommended for students of classical Greek tragedy on film." - Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide
- Golden Berlin Bear Nominee Berlinale
Interested in bringing Antigone to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.
Antigone may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.
RT' @CharlotteVisart': Part 1 of 6 of all the new stuff we got' @' the' @kinolorber' sale! Mention this post when renting one & get a free old mo…
"You have to tell people how evil people can be when they are full of fear." Writer-director' @iramhaq' spoke to…' https://t.co/eDC8nTVFQK'
RT' @r_emmet': If you ever wanted to see Wallace Beery fight pirates you should grab the DVD and Blu-ray release of OLD IRONSIDES (1926), out…
@joshbrunsting Yup! The' @BAMcinematek' program is a selection of restorations that will be included in the box set.…' https://t.co/Id5vmF4g2y'
RT' @KristinMarriott': A series in Brooklyn, N.Y., presents an array of digitally restored silent-era films to which women made major creativ…
RT' @NylonMag': Filmmaker' @IramHaq' used her own kidnapping as inspiration for 'What Will People Say'' https://t.co/OPQl4odLP4'' https://t.co/tOx…'
RT' @BAMcinematek': "Women have a history of being hidden in plain sight... A series like Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers is a crucial part…
RT' @Film_Journal': Silent No More:' @BAMcinematek' showcases the work of pioneering women filmmakers in July series ' https://t.co/bdd7PzzCDG' h…
RT' @Graham_Fuller': Awesome women silent cinema pioneers at BAM.' https://t.co/3mzlk2KXvC'' https://t.co/9MZnjRHxjh'
Inquiries & Press
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871
Press & Media
For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing email@example.com or calling 212-629-6880.