I am not entirely comfortable with the term, “catfight” in describing the confrontation between these two Titanesses of the silver screen–but best screen confrontation between women on screen was not as catchy — and quite clunky a title. Well, I found a better; it may lack the punch of the original, but at least I’m comfortable with it.
Here, we see Irene Papas, one of few actresses to actually get the woman whose face launched a thousand ships. Helen of Argos, later of Troy, finally of Argos is a far more complex woman than the screen beauty portrayed in most screen versions of the Trojan War. In a man’s world, she knows how to use her feminine charms to win her way, even if it means defying her patron deity, Aphrodite. I do not say this lightly: Papas is the greatest living actress.
In a war fought over Helen, Hecuba lost her husband and her sons, all that was dear to her. And in the clip above, we believe that when Hepburn, er, Hecuba, asks Menelaus to kill Helen, she really wants to see Papas dead.
The face launched a thousand ships, carrying warriors which would kill thousands of Trojan men.