Classical Mythology in Film
Dr. Michael Delahoyde
Washington State University
CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY IN FILM
Helen of Troy (1956) — “swords-and-sandals” depiction with Rossana Podesta and Brigitte Bardot.
Black Orpheus (1958) — Portuguese modernization of Orpheus and Eurydice.
The Giants of Thessaly (1960) — Zeus’ wrath and Jason’s quest for the Golden Fleece.
The Trojan Horse (1962) — Steve Reeves cares more about Creusa than the original Aeneas.
Electra (1962) — Irene Papas stars.
Medea (1970) — Maria Callas stars in an Italian version of the Greek story.
The Trojan Women (1971) — superb Euripides’ play starring Katharine Hepburn.
Clash of the Titans (1981) — dorky star-studded Perseus story.
The Odyssey (1997) — Armand Assante as Odysseus and star-studded cast.
Jason and the Argonauts (2000) — whitewashed crap.
Helen of Troy (2003) — okay miniseries, but stripped of gods and full of intolerable liberties.
Troy (2004) — Brad Pitt as Achilles? And also stripped of the gods.