Saturday, August 30, 2008

Pasolini, Maria Callas - Medea (1969) 03/12

Here we have the end of the ritual- it's worth noting the primitivism of Medea's people. She is the daughter of the King of Colchis, but part of the reason that Jason can have her cast out of Greece is that she is a barbarian. Again, I love how religious ritual permeates everything here.

In the next sequence, Jason appeals to his uncle Pelias, who has usurped the throne of Iolchus. Jason has just returned, after having been supposedly killed at birth, and Pelias sends him off to retrieve the golden fleece. Here he sets off with the Argonauts in this quest.

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