Castro Theatre Sat, Sep 10, 2022 6:00 PM
Film Info
West Germany
Running Time:110 min.
Language:Italian (with English subtitles)
Director:Pier Paolo Pasolini
Producer:Marina Cicogna
Franco Rossellini
Screenwriter:Pier Paolo Pasolini
Cinematographer:Ennio Guarnieri
Editor:Nino Baragli
Cast:Maria Callas
Massimo Girotti
Laurent Terzieff
Giuseppe Gentile
Courtesy of:Distr. Unzero Print from Cinecittà. Restored by Cinecittà and S.N.C. in 2012 in its original 35mm


In Medea, Greek American soprano Maria Callas stars in a rare non-opera role as the title character in Pasolini’s haunting adaptation of the tragedy by Euripides, about a woman scorned by her husband (Jason of the Argonauts) who avenges herself with fierce abandon. The film is also ravishing in its visual imagery—Medea was shot on location in ancient sites of Italy, Turkey, and Syria, including the Citadel of Aleppo. British film critic Tony Rayns called this stunning portrait of a woman pushed to the brink, “a love song to Maria Callas.”