The Trojan Women

The Trojan Women

DVD - 2004
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After the Greek victory in the Trojan War, all the Trojan warriors and princes are slain and the women and children are left to be divided among the conquerors. Beautiful Cassandra is betrothed against her will and despite her vanishing sanity. Andromache discovers that her son is to be executed to end her royal bloodline. Helen desperately wields the arrogant beauty that leveled a city as she pleads for her life. In the end, it is the enduring dignity and unfaltering strength of Hecuba, widowed queen of Troy, that makes cowards of Troy's captors.

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Janice21383
Jun 18, 2017

Acting styles change, historical circumstances change, but the experience of being a human without power never changes. Though nearly 2500 years old, The Trojan Women remains truthful and painful -- I'm thinking particularly of the scene where Andromache (Vanessa Redgrave) rattles away on a cart with her dead husband's armour, leaving her little son to his fate. Euripidedes wrote it during the Peloponnesian War, and probably intended it as commentary on the Greek's prisoners and conquests. And it won SECOND prize in a play contest -- what could the winner have been like?

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Nursebob
Dec 17, 2014

After Troy is razed by the Greek army in retaliation for the abduction of Helen, its women wake up to find the city in ruins, their men dead and their fates sealed as ships lie ready to carry them back to Greece where they will either become wives, slaves, or concubines for their new masters. Among the survivors are Hecuba, the former queen now slated to be a handmaid; her mad daughter Cassandra destined for the king’s bed; her rebellious daughter-in-law Andromache; and Helen herself, now an object of hatred and scorn from both sides. As each woman is forced to let go of everything she's held dear a series of painful dramas unfold culminating in a heartbreaking sacrifice and burial. Based on Euripides' play and employing a few flourishes from Classical Greek drama, most notably an impromptu Chorus of mourning widows, The Trojan Women is a highly stylized, highly theatrical picture often bordering on performance art. Shot in and around central Spain, the film's barren landscapes of rocky hills and dusty caves underscore its sense of outrage and emotional devastation while the stellar cast (Katherine Hepburn, Irene Papas, Genevieve Bujold, and Vanessa Redgrave) manage to keep the patently ornate dialogue believable. Perhaps a bit too formal in presentation for some tastes, it is based on a play over 2,000 years old after all, but for all that it still managed to hold my attention for the full two hours.

crankylibrarian May 21, 2012

Dramatization of the Euripides play showing the female survivors awaiting their fate at the hands of the conquering Greeks. The stellar cast includes Katharine Hepburn, Irene Papas, Genevieve Bujold and Vanessa Redgrave.

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