The Trojan Women

Categories: Drama, History
1hr 49min | 1971
"For this ambitious screen version of one the most powerful works of classic Greek theater, director Michael Cacoyannnis unleashes the talents of four of the screen's most exciting actresses" -NY Daily News

"Four time Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn, Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave, Oscar nominee Genevieve Bujold and Greek screen legend Irene Papas seamlessly mesh into an unprecedented ensemble cast that one could never hope to see on stage" -Pauline Kael, New Yorker

After their ten-year siege, the victorious Greek army seeks to curse those Trojans whom fate has yet spared. Separated from their children, denied their mourning and destined for slavery, the women of fallen Troy huddle within the parched wreckage of their once glorious city. Beautiful Cassandra (Bujold) is betrothed against her will despite her vanishing sanity.

Andromache (Redgrave) discovers her son is to be executed to end her royal bloodline. Helen (Papas) desperately wields the arrogant beauty that leveled a city as she pleads for her life. But it is Hecuba (Hepburn), widowed queen of Troy, whose enduring dignity and unfaltering strength makes cowards of Troy's captors. Building on his famed New York stage adaptation, Cacoyannis shepherds this extraordinary cast through a richly cinematic rendition of Euripides' definitive anti-war drama. With a score by Mikis Theodorakis that rivals the spare intensity of his music for Z, THE TROJAN WOMEN is both a re-energized and evocative denunciation of human cruelty and a passionate chorus of redemption and survival.

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Topics: Theater, Historical Drama, War, Greek, Slavery, Defeat, Classic, Women, Strength, Actress, Trojan
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James Moorer
James Moorer
July 31, 2013
A-
Max Vero
Max Vero
July 28, 2013
A+
Kris DeKeizer
Kris DeKeizer
December 29, 2012
Witnessed here in this film, Katherine Hepburn will always be one of the greatest actresses of all time.
Rory Gibbons
Rory Gibbons
March 6, 2012
Defeat Sucks.................
Rory Gibbons
Rory Gibbons
March 5, 2012
Hepburn can do no wrong.