Phaedra (1962)

Rated NR 115 minutes 1962

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

Film Credits

Director: Jules Dassin

Writer: Jules Dassin and Margarita Lymberaki

Producer: Melinafilm and Joele

Cast: Melina Mercouri, Raf Vallone, Anthony Perkins, Elizabeth Ercy and Olympia Papadouka

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