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  • Drama
  • 1967
  • 119 mins

Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex


Pasolini's reworking of Sophocles's Oedipus Rex, which moves from its historical setting into pre-war Italy. The story opens with a young couple to whom a baby boy is born; the father becomes jealous of his young son and, cutting the action back to the myth, takes the baby to the desert to kill him.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Carmelo Bene, Julian Beck, Franco Citti, Silvana Mangano, Alida Valli, Ninetto Davoli
  • Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Writer: Luigi Scaccianore, Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Producer: Alfredo Bini
  • Photographer: Giuseppe Ruzzolini

In a nutshell

Visually stunning, and with Pasolini himself making an appearance as the High Priest, there are definite moments where the film does succeed, but it's a rather piecemeal and sometimes dull affair.

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