Electra, My Love Blu-ray

Electra, My Love

"A parable for the idea that revolutionaries must continually renew themselves" - Miklós Jancsó

Revolutionary in form as well as content, Electra, My Love is one of the great Miklós Jancsó's finest works. Set amidst the open plains and grasslands of Hungary, and shot in twelve long, beautiful, intricately choreographed takes by cinematographer János Kende, it is a provocative call to arms against any system that rules without justice. 

An expert in the symbolic expression of forbidden political ideas, Jancsó here radically reworks the ancient Greek myth as a philosophical reflection on the dialectics of power and oppression. Electra (seeking revenge for the murder of her father, the former king) attempts to rouse a cowardly and apathetic population against the rule of usurper tyrant Aegisthus. 

Jancsó's film examines issues of law, justice and power; the deliberate distortion of myth and reality reflecting the real horrors that Hungary had endured – and was at that time still enduring. It’s relevance for contemporary society is still potent and clear today.

1974 Cannes Film Festival / Official Selection 
1975 Chicago International Film Festival / Winner: Silver Hugo 

"A beautiful visual experience in its own terms... dazzling and powerfully refined"
- Peter Day, Sight & Sound

"This rarely seen tour de force … this superhumanly gorgeous movie" 
- Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

"Jancsó's enthralling reinvention of the Elektra myth as a fable of permanent revolution... It's mesmerising"
- Tony Rayns, Time Out Film Guide  

Production Year: 1974
Region Code: Free
UK Rating: 15
Running Time: 74 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Hungarian
Subtitles: English
Audio: Dual Mono 24-bit LPCM
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Colour: Colour
Director Miklós Jancsó
Cast Mari Töröcsik
Cast György Cserhalmi
Cast József Madaras


  • Electra, My Love(1974) – presented from a brand new 2K restoration of the film by the Hungarian Digital Archive and Film Institute, supervised by the film's cinematographer János Kende.
  • The Evolution of the Long Shot(A hosszú snitt alakulásai) - a short film by 
    cinematographer János Kende.
  • Booklet featuring a new essay on the film by Peter Hames. 
  • Original Hungarian soundtrack in Dual Mono 24-bit LPCM audio
  • New and improved English subtitle translation.
  • World premiere on Blu-ray.