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  • 1986
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 6.8  (111)

Antigone is a 1986 British film adaptation of Sophocles' Greek tragedy. Directed and adapted by the acclaimed director Don Taylor, the film tells the story of Antigone, a young woman who fights to give her brother a proper burial, despite the law forbidding it. The film stars Juliet Stevenson as Antigone, the strong-willed and determined protagonist who is willing to face any consequence to honor her brother's death. Stevenson's performance as Antigone is powerful and emotive, capturing the character's fearlessness and unwavering devotion to her family. Gwen Taylor also puts in a strong performance as Ismene, Antigone's sister who tries to convince her to obey the law.

The film is set in the modern-day city of Thebes, where the conflict between Antigone and her uncle, King Creon (played by Patrick Barr), takes place. The king has issued an edict forbidding the burial of Antigone's brother, Polynices, because he fought against his own city in a civil war. Antigone defies the edict and takes it upon herself to bury her brother, despite the risk of punishment.

The themes of personal conscience versus the law, family loyalty, and the power struggle between individuals and the state are prevalent throughout the film. In this way, the story of Antigone remains timeless and relevant, even in modern times.

The cinematography is stunning, with the film shot in bold, bright colors that contrast sharply with the dark and foreboding atmosphere. The use of lighting and shadows is particularly effective, highlighting the emotional intensity of certain scenes and adding a sense of depth and complexity to the characters.

The film's soundtrack is also noteworthy, featuring haunting music composed by Yannis Markopoulos that perfectly captures the film's themes of tragedy and loss.

Overall, Antigone is a powerful and thought-provoking film that stays true to its ancient roots while also remaining relevant to modern audiences. The strong performances, stunning cinematography, and haunting soundtrack all come together to make this a truly unforgettable cinematic experience.

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    1 hr 50 min
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (111)