Lars von Trier & Medea

In our previous post, we talked about Medea by Pasolini.

A lesser known filmic version was made by Lars von Trier early in his career. It was made for Danish television in 1988, inbetween Epidemic (1987) and Europa (1991).
Using a script Carl Theodor Dreyer wrote but never turned into film, von Trier focusses on Medea’s search for revenge. More than in Pasolini’s film, Iason is simply a selfish bastard, and Medea only a passer-by he tries to banish.

The film is turned in a misty landscape, and the humidity on screen gets a grip on everyone. Its strong emotional undertone will drive Medea into an act of despair that – even if it is the murder of her own children – seems like an act of love…

Until now, there’s only a mediocre dvd from Facets available, the Italian version for which the Youtube fragment provides a link, is not any better …

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s