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Antigone

stage to screen • ancient times • family • royalty & rulers • war & military
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In the aftermath of a bloody civil war that fatally pitted both her brothers against each other, Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, picks through the carnage outside the gates of Thebes in search of her fallen siblings' bodies. Vowing to bury both men, her devotion to her shattered family divides the city of Thebes, threatens her sister's betrothal and invokes the wrath of a king willing to defy the gods themselves to satisfy his selfish vengeance. Sophocles' immortal tragedy Antigone receives a definitive cinematic interpretation in this 1961 film. Irene Papas heads a cast of over 500 actors of the Greek stage and screen, joined by soldiers and horsemen of the Greek Royal Guard.

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