Cinema, Television, Theater, Books: Nov. 2, 1962


Phaedra. Melina Mercouri purrs, snarls and shrieks in the title role of this modern-day version of an old Greek myth. Raf Vallone, as her ship-tycoon husband, is healthily Hellenic in a role with obvious overtones of Onassisism. Only Tony Perkins, as Vallone's stepson over whom all the trouble brews, seems not quite believable. Director Jules Dassin has sought to bring off cinematic high tragedy in a contemporary setting.

The Longest Day. General Zanuck's war games are played off like cops and robbers. With 42 stars and a musical score by Ludwig van Beethoven...

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