The protagonist and tragic person, Electra, who is married to a villager, is waiting for the right opportunity to avenge the death of her father Agamemnon, king of Mycenae, who was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus. The opportunity arises when she meets Orestes’ brother again over her father’s grave. Together they plan and kill their mother Clytemnestra and Aegisthus.
Best Sound Adaptation Award
International Youth Union Award
Thessaloniki Film Festival 1962: Best Film, Directing, Actress in Leading Role
Greek Critics’ Union: Best Film, Directing, Actress in Leading Role and Actress in Supporting Role, Actor in Leading Role, Music
Awards at the festivals of Edinburgh (1962), Acapulco (1962), Berlin (1963)
Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Film
Apart from the Oscar nomination, Electra won 25 awards.
Actors: Irini Papa, Giannis Fertis, Manos Katrakis, Takis Emmanouil, Nikos Pergialis, Theano Ioannidou
Screenplay / Direction: Michael Cacoyannis, (based on the work of Euripides)
Director of Photography: Walter Lassaly
Music: Mikis Theodorakis
Sets – Costumes: Spyros Vassiliou
Genre: Ancient Tragedy
Production: Finos Film
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