The Trojan Women is a film of the ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides, which is a highly mannered, ritual-like stage play. It was not easy to transform it into a movie while remaining faithful to the play, but there are many rewards for the patient viewer. The score by Mikis Theodorakis (Zorba the Greek) fits the story beautifully, and the film's re-creation of the ancient Mediterranean is memorable. Finally, the original play, despite its great age, has what are still considered among the finest roles ever written for women. The story concerns the trials and tribulations of the women of Troy at the time of Greek conquest and the truth and chilling power of the curses they hurl at their captors, who have slain every male of their nation, including the infants. Particularly notable is the performance of Irene Papas as Helen, a woman of infinite guile, whose abduction by Paris led to the whole debacle in the first place. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
This is really a play on screen. I didn't expect it to be like that, but it was. It was taken word for word from the play and put onto the screen. Because of this it's a bit awkward for the casual viewer who may not know what's going on at all. The version I had also had no captions so you could even follow along and my mom couldn't watch it with me, even though it contained one of her favourite actresses Vanessa Redgrave, because she didn't know the story. So for that be warned.
The acting is well done though. Along with Vanessa it stars Katherine Hepburn, Irene Papas(as a none blond Helen, which was refreshing) and Genevive Bujold(who was in the film Anne of a Thousand Days with Papas, which was fun for me since I love Tudor films along with Greek films). The film tells the story of what happens to the important women after the sack of Troy. It's not a story often told, and should be told more often, but not in play format.