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Looking for any relevant links or ideas for Oedipus Tyrannos

Looking for any relevant links or ideas for Oedipus Tyrannos

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I'm working through a unit on Oedipus! Does anyone have any really nifty links that they've found helpful? I'd like to include them on a list of links on my blog: http://joyfulcollapse.blogspot.com/2012/06/destiny-fate-or-free-will-uni... For example, I found some REALLY neat quick videos. This humorous, albeit sub-titled, CGI provides an interesting take on the play after students have read it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GIcgWI1kVM&feature=related Thanks! Mindy

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Genevieve Van-Catledge's picture

It's too bad hat you aren't doing Oedipus at Colonus. There was a wonderful version of the play (sort of experimental musical theater) called "The Gospel at Colonus." As he title indicates, it was using black gospel-style music. I actually enjoy listening to the soundtrack and did so for years before I saw a "staged" version of it. I think utilizing it would make for a great comparative analysis. Similar to the plays of Shakespeare, I believe Sophocles is best understood through performace (as it was intended to be presented).

Morgan Freeman is amazing (truly) as "The Messenger" - portrayed as a Pentecostal preacher (or which he received an Obie Award and a Dramalogue Award). Robert Earl Jones (father of James Earl Jones and a magnificent actor) is also in the filmed performance as Creon. One interesting twist is that Oedipus is portrayed by Clarence Fountain and The Five Blind Boys of Alabama.


Mindy Keller- Kyriakides's picture
Mindy Keller- Kyriakides
High school english teacher and blogger.

Thank you, Genevieve! I've never heard of this, and I LOVE Morgan Freeman. Further, having seen The Five Blind Boys in person, I'm even more intrigued! I think this movie may fill a gap. I see students studying Tyrannos in 9th grade, Antigone in 10th, and following up with this film in 11th. Wow. Then, they can have the experience of an entire cycle. : )

Jaclyn's picture
I teach high school English in Westchester County, New York

I don't think my comment posted!

For yourself, I highly recommend listening to the podcasts on iTunes U, from Stanford, on Oedipus Rex.... great critical perspective, which ties into link #3!

1. Oedipus with Vegetables (a funny summary of the story... just pre-watch b/c the tomato/potato love scene caught me off guard the first time I watched it!): http://www.wishnow.com/shorts.php (you can also find it on YouTube)
2. Any clips of Pasolini's Edipo Re. Love this film b/c it profiles internal conflict really well.
3. Muhammed Ali's "The Greatest Speech" (I use this to teach 'time,' or the warrior code. I emphasize that Oedipus kills Laius on the road to protect/defend his 'time')

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