The face that launched a thousand ships, the most beautiful woman in ancient Greece … what should Helen of Troy look (and dress) like? Let’s take a look at her portrayals on the silver screen!
Helen of Troy (1924)
A German silent film, with Italian actress Edy Darclea as Helen.
The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927)
Another silent, this one an American production. Hungarian actress María Corda took the title role.
Helen of Troy (1956)
A big Hollywood production, with Libyan-Italian actress Rossana Podestà as Helen.
The Trojan Horse (1961)
An Italian B-movie, starring Italian actress Edy Vessel.
The Lion of Thebes (1964)
An Italian/French production, with French actress Yvonne Furneaux as Helen.
Doctor Faustus (1967)
A British adaptation of the 16th century Christopher Marlowe play, in which the title character bargains with the devil for his soul. LIZ TAYLOR plays Faustus’ love interest, who apparently shows up periodically throughout the story; according to Rotten Tomatoes, “The Devil tempts Faust at every turn by confronting him with the seven deadly sins and Helen of Troy (Elizabeth Taylor), who appears throughout the film in various stages of undress as Doctor Faustus stands firm.”
The Trojan Women (1971)
An adaptation of a classical era tragedy by Euripides, which tells the story of the aftermath of the Trojan War by focusing on the fate of the various female characters. It’s very sympathetic to the Trojan side; Irene Papas (an actual Greek woman!! You know her as Catherine of Aragon in Anne of the Thousand Days) plays Helen as a seductress who is responsible for all this suffering, unlike most productions that make her sympathetic.
Helen of Troy (2003)
Troy: Fall of a City (2018)
A British/American TV miniseries, recently available on Netflix. Bella Dayne (The Man in the High Castle) takes on Helen.
Alright, who best captures your idea of the “real” Helen of Troy?