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Cinema Talks > 2015 Winter and Spring (Season 8)

Cine Club: Wednesday 8 April 2015 (7 pm - Open to ALL)

Title:               Elektra, My Love
Director:        Miklos Jancso (Hungary)
Released:      1976
Language:     Hungarian (Eng S/T)
Duration:      1 hour and 10 min
Key Actors:   Mari Töröcsik, György Cserhalmi, József Madaras
Interesting Links about the Film:
Trailer on YouTube: Click Here
Senses of Cinema Click Here
Dennis Grunes’ Blog Click Here
RIP Jancso Click Here
New Yorker Click Here
Kinoeye - The Denial of Opression Click Here
Synopsis: (adapted from Dennis Grunes’ Blog – See above)
It has been fifteen years since the death of her father, Agamemnon, and Elektra (Mari Töröcsik, claiming yet another terrific role) still burns with hatred for Aegisztosz, who conspired with Elektra’s mother to kill him. “I do not forget,” she announces; Elektra is historic memory in search of justice. After a line of candle-holding women turns toward a wall, Elektra walks between rows of corpses on the ground, which then, in sync, roll off out of sight—but not out of Elektra’s mind. Meanwhile, Aegisztosz rules as a tyrant (“People are content if they know what to fear”), inducing Stalinist terror, and Elektra waits upon brother Oresztész’s return for the enactment of justice. (A line of whip-wielding guards embodies state terror’s constant threat.) Aegisztosz teases Elektra with the thought that Oresztész is dead—a way of trying to convince himself, perhaps, that he has no retribution to face; but the people rise up against their tyrant when Oresztész does return. The siblings exact their revenge, killing Aegisztosz and killing themselves, thus passing into inspirational myth to counter future tyrants. The history of Hungary is just such sacrifice. “Cursed be every tyrant,” Elektra has said, “and blessed be everyone who resists tyranny.”
Jancso is known for his wonderful choreography. The shots in the film as long as the spool could hold, sometimes 10 minutes, i.e., 7 or 8 cuts. A similar style was used in
Red Psalms.


Director: Miklós Jancsó (adapted from IMDB Click Here by Volker Boehm)
Miklós Jancsó first studied Law at the University of Cluj (Romania) and later direction at the School of Cinema in Budapest. His fifth film, Szegénylegények (1965), with a script by Gyula Hernádi, made him internationally known. In his following films he developed a personal style of historic analysis, complex camera movements, dance and popular songs, creating his own style for the movies he called "political musical". This gave him a broad acceptance in the 1960s. In the 1970s he also filmed in Italy, but did not have the success he was used to. His best known films are Red Psalms (screened earlier in Karaz w Laimoon), Agnus DeiThe Roundup and So Much for Justice.

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