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Medea (von Trier) (1987)

Cast: Baard Owe, Kirsten Olesen, Ludmilla Glinska, more...
Director: Lars von Trier
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Facets
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Scandinavia, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 76 min.
Subtitles: English
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Shooting entirely on analog video, Lars von Trier directs the made-for-Danish-TV version of the ancient Greek tragedy Medea by Euripides. The screenplay is based on a 1960s adaptation written by master Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer that was never produced during his lifetime. The mythological story follows after the tale of Jason and the Argonauts, with Jason (Udo Kier) having successfully returned with the Golden Fleece and ready to marry the young Glauce (Ludmilla Glinska), daughter of King Kreon (Henning Jensen). In doing so, Jason abandons his long-suffering wife, Medea (Kirsten Olesen), who is also the mother of his two children. When the King exiles Medea, she plots a vicious plan of revenge that involves poison, hanging, and misery for all. Produced in 1987, Medea received an extremely limited theatrical release in the U.S. in April of 2003. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Beautiful "non-film" - poor transfer. by crenaud May 6, 2006 - 3:16 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Beautifully conceived and visualized and involvingly acted. Given the fragility of the original video source material, it deserves a better release and transfer. Critereon Collection, help!

A perfect movie. by TDoran February 23, 2004 - 5:21 PM PST
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
I read ancient Greek. I love Euripides. I study this stuff in graduate school at Berkeley. I know that this film does not follow the play terribly well, but it captures its spirit and it is superb. The cinematography, the images do all the work Euripides' words did. Trier is to be commended for pulling off a Greek tragedy perfectly. For another superb Greek tragedy I recommend Michael Cacoyannis' Electra, which is also available on Greencine.

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