Oedipus at Colonus (Sophocles)

Duration: about 75 minutes

The greater of the two tragedies that Sophocles devoted to Oedipus is matched by the most substantial of all my semi-stagings. The film captures four specially memorable interpretations and the raw power of Bartok’s duos, while the matchless surtitles are a wonderful guide to the whole play, along with the expressionistic images specially drawn by Sam Motherwell.

Tip: See Further reading below for guidance about metre, pronunciation and directorial values.

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Film with Greek text slides





  • Music list: PDF

Further reading

  • Notes on pronunciation for English speakers (scan): JPEG
  • Notes on pronunciation for Modern Greek speakers (scan): JPEG
  • Anthology of Reactions to Oedipus at Colonus: PDF
  • Charting the Channels (article about blank verse in Oedipus): PDF