Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)
Critic Reviews for Mourning Becomes Electra
O'Neill is one of the finest theatrical craftsmen of his day, and Electra has a gnashing vitality.
The entire cast is excellent. The somber mood of the story is accentuated in the photography, by George Barnes As might be expected, O'Neill's dialogue is brilliant.
This horrendous tragedy was withdrawn and drastically edited after its disastrous première a couple of years ago. If the original was worse it must have been truly dreadful.
The long, talky film, based on an ancient Greek tragedy play, was a bomb at the box office.
More than a curio.... The awkward style and portentous structure of Nichols' film astonishes possess an integritiy that commands attention. Formidable, and memorable.
Audience Reviews for Mourning Becomes Electra
Brutally long for an unpolished piece, Mourning Becomes Electra causes you to twitch as you realize that you still have ages to go before the end.
A classic story is brought to film, but it's so long and boring that it's hard to keep interest in the story. Maybe if you're a big fan of the original play, but otherwise, I wouldn't recommend this movie.
Miscast, stagnant version of something that's heavy going to begin with. Redgrave is good as Orin the haunted son. Rosalind tries but is just the wrong actress for the part, ideally it should have been Katharine Hepburn or Olivia de Havilland, and Katina Paxinou gives an overblown operatic performance in a part that would have fit Garbo perfectly. The play is really too complex for a standard film version, the extended PBS production in the late 70's with Joan Hackett and Roberta Maxwell got it right but that one clocks in at just under five hours.
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