"Agamemnon: The Oresteia"- The Fall of Troy? (13:28)
In this production of the first part of Aeschylus's classic trilogy, director James Thomas brings together a talented young cast and Peter Arnott's faithful translation, to unleash the gruesome raw power of the Oresteia. This beautifully-spoken original staging makes vivid the poetry and wisdom of "Agamemnon"— and its themes of terror, revenge, and justice.
In this opening segment, a Watchman waits for a signal to announce the fall of the city; Clytemnestra makes a sacrifice; and the Chorus discusses the history of the Trojan War, including omens, the gods, and a virgin sacrifice.
"Agamemnon: The Oresteia"- Clytemnestra's Announcement (10:18)
Clytemnestra joins The Chorus and declares that Troy has fallen. The Chorus Leader praises the gods. He reflects on the negative impacts of excess, Helen of Troy, and fallen soldiers.
"Agamemnon: The Oresteia"- Troy Has Fallen (10:50)
A Herald confirms Clytemnestra's claims about Troy. The Chorus Leader says Argos felt pain while Agamemnon was away. Clytemnestra proclaims her faithfulness and asks for Agamemnon's swift return. The Herald reveals that Menelaus and his have ship vanished.
"Agamemnon: The Oresteia"- Helen and Agamemnon (15:53)
The Chorus Leader reflects on the woman and her lover who caused the Trojan War. Agamemnon returns and greets the gods before going to his palace. Clytemnestra proclaims her love and urges Agamemnon to walk upon tapestries; he eventually yields.
"Agamemnon: The Oresteia"- Cassandra (21:20)
The Chorus Leader questions his persistent feelings of dread and fear. Clytemnestra beckons Cassandra to join the crowd of slaves. Cassandra calls out to Apollo before prophesizing about murder and evil deeds; Agamemnon will die.
"Agamemnon: The Oresteia"- Murder (19:06)
A man cries out. Clytemnestra gloats about the deaths of Agamemnon and Cassandra. The Chorus Leader declares the house cursed; Clytemnestra vows to make a compact with the demon. Aegisthus arrives and revels in Agamemnon's death. The Chorus stands against Aegisthus.
Agamemnon: The Oresteia -- Part 1: Credits (00:33)
Agamemnon: The Oresteia -- Part 1: Credits
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