Oedipus Rex (Masters of Cinema) DVD+Blu-ray
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Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Produced in 1967
Main Language - Italian with English subtitles
Three years after The Gospel According to Matthew, Pier Paolo Pasolini resumed his series of classical adaptations with a savage, highly personal take on Sophocles' ancient Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex. As his first colour feature, Oedipus Rex makes brilliant use of wildly alternating Moroccan landscapes to transpose collective myth into a particular vision that is at once tender, sensual, and wholly unsparing.
The film is divided into three sections set in different eras. The opening takes place in 1920s Italy, and recounts a birth that echoes that of the director himself, the product of a beautiful bourgeoise's affair with a military officer. The middle section depicts a time 'outside of history' – it is here that the myth of Oedipus (portrayed by Franco Citti of Accattone and Coppola's The Godfather), one of patricide and incest, plays out opposite the young man's mother/lover (Silvana Mangano). An epilogue shot on the streets of present-day Bologna finds Oedipus playing his flute for a bustling citizenry.
Publisher: Eureka / Masters of Cinema
Length: 106 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 widescreen
Cat No: EKA70080
Format: DVD+Blu-ray Colour
- 2 discs
- Gorgeous new HD restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio, in 1080p on the Blu-ray
- Newly translated optional English subtitles
- Original Italian theatrical trailer
- 28-page booklet featuring vintage writing by Pasolini, excerpts from an interview with the director by Oswald Stack about the film, and rare archival imagery.