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Electra, My Love

Electra, My Love

1974
Drama
1h 10m
Mycenae. Electra (Mari Töröcsik) is considered mad because she mourns the loss of her father, Agamemnon, and roams the countryside accusing the new king Aegisthus of murder. She constantly claims that her brother Orestes will return to right the injustice and expel the usurper who rules the country with an iron fist. A messenger brings word that Orestes is dead, but soon thereafter he appears, to do exactly what the 'mad' Electra has foretold.
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Electra, My Love

1974
Drama
1h 10m
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Rated 20 Aug 2021
85
59th
Viewed August 18, 2021. Jancso leaves the narrative obscure while filling his frame with odd and compelling imagery. As a result, the angry political commentary that underlies it is always felt.
Rated 07 May 2017
78
89th
Jancso's films became more abstract and formalist after the late 60's, often with mixed results, but E.M.L is one of his better films. Stylistically similar to Confrontation and Red Psalm, it features long takes of complexly choreographed bodies moving constantly through space, a group of revolutionaries trying to gain power, and a folksy protest vibe that's vaguely hippiesh. It's a formally ingenuous work, delivered in twelve intricately composed shots that simply confirms Jancso's mastery.
Rated 30 Apr 2020
50
44th
Turning the tale of Electra and Orestes from a tragedy about revenge and its consequences into an ode to revolutionary renewal...well I suppose it can be done, but does that mean it should be done? The mix of folksy and hippyish styles doesn't really work for this viewer, and seems very dated, but maybe there are enough subtleties or complexities lodged in the choreography to justify its existence, I don't know. Better than RED PSALM, but again, something about the nudity seems a little irksome.

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