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517 Ratings


Directed by Lars von Trier
Denmark, 1988


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.

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Medea Directed by Lars von Trier

Critics reviews

Most of Pasolini’s works were found to stimulate debate, most often intense uproar; some were tarnished by the harsh critique, but it is fairly safe to say that with Medea, in particular, Pasolini was able, by reinterpreting the theme of the myth, to convey with depth and a cunning spirit the dualistic turmoil he thought was peculiar to Western society.
December 16, 2015
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The moment you can forget about Dreyer — or at least reduce his contribution to some parts of the dialogue — Medea becomes an exhilarating visual feast, surpassing von Trier’s Zentropa, The Kingdom, and Breaking the Waves as an orchestration of visual enchantment.
September 26, 1997
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