Saturday, November 24, 2007

Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex
Filmed by the famed British actor/director Sir Tyrone Guthrie, this elegant version of Sophocles' important play adds a brilliant stroke--the actors wear masks just as the Greeks did in the playwright's day. The story of Oedipus' gradual discovery of his primal crime--killing his father and marrying his mother--has influenced many of the great plays, films and books of all time. When this landmark film production of one of the great dramas ever appeared, it was hailed from all corners. If the voice of the actor behind the mask of the Priest sounds familiar, it is. It's that of a young William Shatner.

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