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19 Ratings

Mourning Becomes Electra

Directed by Dudley Nichols
United States, 1947


Eugene O’Neill’s updated version of the Orestaia. In New England, after the American Civil War, a war-weary Agamemer, Ezra Mannon, comes home to his unhappy wife (Christine) and loving daughter (Lavinia).

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Mourning Becomes Electra Directed by Dudley Nichols

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1948 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1947 | Winner: Best Actor

Golden Globes (USA)

1948 | Winner: Best Actress

Critics reviews

it now seems disconcertingly arch. Its creakiness, however, is among the film’s dramatic assets, as it seems like it was uncovered from a trunk in someone’s attic. Looked at next to these other postwar films, it appears out of time. In composition and performance style it almost seems cut from the same cloth as Dudley Murphy’s low-budget O’Neill adaptation The Emperor Jones (1933), which was made more than a decade earlier—an eternity in cinematic time.
March 11, 2013
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