"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
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