Phèdre came to Athens to marry Thésée and become step-mother to Hippolyte. Paul-Emile Deiber considers neo-classicism internalized intense feelings. The director taught the American actors how to breathe and the rhythms of Jean Racine's famous play.
Phèdre confesses her love of Hippolyte to Oenone. Sarah Bernhardt performs a speech in French. Beatrice Straight completes the tirade in English.
Mildred Dunnock convinces Thésée that Hippolyte attempted to seduce Phèdre. The stepmother takes poison and dies grieving the death of Hippolyte.
Credits: Aspects of Neo-Classic Theater: Racine's Phèdre
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With excerpts from the IASTA production of Phèdre, directed by Paul-Emile Deiber, this video illustrates why Jean Racine's play is the definitive masterpiece of neo-classic style in theater.
Length: 14 minutes
Copyright date: ©1972
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