Film Nights at the Athens Centre present «The Trojan Women», by Cacoyiannis (1971)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FILM NIGHTS AT THE ATHENS CENTRE
present 

THE TROJAN WOMEN”

Michalis Cacoyiannis, 1971

ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 6:30PM

 

 

The film was made with the minimum of changes to Edith Hamilton’s translation of Euripides’ original play, written in 415 B.C., although Cacoyannis said: «We left out the Gods, as they are hard to film and make realistic.»The Trojan Women was one of a trilogy of plays dealing with the suffering created by the Trojan Wars. Hecuba (Katharine Hepburn), Queen of the Trojans and mother of Hector, one of Troys most fearsome warriors, looks upon the remains of her kingdom; Andromache (Vanessa Redgrave), widow of the slain Hector and mother of his son Astyanax, must raise her son in the war’s aftermath; Cassandra, Hecuba’s daughter who has been driven insane by the ravages of war, waits to see if King Agamemnon will drive her into concubinage; Helen of Troy (Irene Papas), waits to see if she will live. But the most awful truth is unknown to them until Talthybius, the messenger of the Greek king, comes to the ruined city and tells them that King Agamemnon and his brother Menelaus have decreed that Hector’s son Astyanax must die — the last of the male royalty of Troy must be executed to ensure the extinction of the line. Katherine Hepburn was awarded Best Actress by the Kansas City Film Critics award, and Irene Papas wond the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures award for Best Actress.

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