The magnificent performance of young Genevieve Bujold as Antigone, complemented by those of Fritz Weaver as Creon and Stacy Keach as the Chorus are the main reasons to purchase this DVD of the English version of Jean Anouilh's persuasive interpretation of Sophocles' tragedy--a drama that is so timeless in its theme of the tension between the laws of personal integrity and the laws of the state, that the modern version could have been produced originally during the Nazi occupation of France with impunity. Bujold conveys the protagonist's vulnerable impetuousness, stubbornness, and--as she "becomes Antigone" in the tragic sense of the term--defiance, and finally fear as she recognizes the reality of the consequences of her actions.
The furies, however, should pursue the shades of whoever decided to colourise this production, causing the characters themselves to be pursued by hovering haloes--or rather blobs--of ineptly applied tints and shades. If one can adjust the television to black-and-white, by all means do so. Unfortunately little can be done about the wobbly piano tones that overwhelm the dialogue at the the beginning of the play--and which thankfully cease after the first scene--indicating that the DVD may have been lifted from an aging VHS tape.
If one is going to use this film in the classroom, I would suggest that students read the script (after reading a good translation of the Sophoclean original), and that the instructor show excerpts, such as Stacy Keach's monologue on the differences between melodrama and tragedy; the confrontation between Antigone and Creon; and the scene in which Antigone is being conducted down to her death.
There are many reasons to purchase this flawed DVD, even though it does not do justice either to Anouilh's drama or to the actors: to witness performances which would otherwise vanish from our consciousness; for historical interest; and to demonstrate how the moral dilemmas of Greek myth and tragedy can be interpreted with infinite variation because of their timelessness as well as their persuasiveness in the expression of universal truths.
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