Elektra (1962)

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German title Elektra
Original title Elektra
Country of production Greece
original language Greek
Publishing year 1962
length 110 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Michael Cacoyannis
script Michael Cacoyannis
production Michael Cacoyannis
music Mikis Theodorakis
camera Walter Lassally
cut Leonidas Antonakis

Elektra is a Greek film directed by Michael Cacoyannis from 1962 and based on the drama Elektra by Euripides . The film music was written by the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis .


The film largely adheres to the model by Euripides.

Queen Clytaimnestra and her lover Aigisthus murder her husband Agamemnon on his return from the Trojan War . Elektra returns from Athens with her brother Orestes and they both avenge the murder of their father.


“Free adaptation of the classic tragedy of Euripides. The dominant use of sign language, landscape and archaic music enlivens the myth of fate of antiquity in broadly oscillating rhythms for today's understanding. "

"The film adaptation of the tragedy of Euripides remains true to the spirit of poetry with all its independence and is an artistic experience that can lead to real shock."


  • 1963: Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film .
  • 1962: Cannes International Film Festival 1962 , winner in the Best Film Adaptation category and Grand Technical Prize for Michael Cacoyannis, as well as a nomination for the Palme d'Or .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Elektra. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed January 6, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. Review No. 178/1963