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Phaedra (1962)

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama
Release Date:January 1, 1962
Running time:115 minutes
Cast:Melina Mercouri, Raf Vallone, Anthony Perkins, Elizabeth Ercy, Olympia Papadouka
Director:Jules Dassin
Producer:Melinafilm, Joele
Writer:Jules Dassin, Margarita Lymberaki
Distributor:Lopert Pictures Corporation

Description: Inspired by Euripedes' tragedy Hippolytus and set in modern times, this allegorical tale centers on the love triangle between a fabulously wealthy Greek shipping magnate, his lonely second wife, and his first-born son. The affair between the wife and her stepson begins soon after she arrives in London to bring him back to Greece so her husband can teach him about shipping and he can marry another tycoon's daughter to cement a new alliance. Though the son quickly falls in love with his beautiful stepmother, he cannot overcome his crushing guilt at having betrayed his father. When the wife learns of her husband's planned betrothal of his son, she becomes enraged and confesses her affair. Great tragedy follows as her husband beats his son senseless while verbally battering the wife.~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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