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Monday, December 23, 2013

Europa (1991) d. Lars Von Trier

Lars Von Trier: Too old and fat to be considered an Enfant Terrible in 2013.

Movie Review
Europa (1991)
d. Lars Von Trier
Criterion Collection #454

 I'm hesitant to say too much about Von Trier because I have a deep belief that talking about Von Trier like you enjoy his movies makes you sound like pretentious fuck.   I will say that having now watched a fair amount of Ingmar Bergman and Theodor Dryer I have a better feel for Von Trier's influences.

 Europa is a pretty straight forward film noir type film about an American who gets a job working as a train conductor in Germany immediately after World War II.  He immediately gets involved in a plot to sabotage his train line, while simultaneously dealing with the vagaries of being a probationary employee in a foreign land.

  Fair to say that if you just add "as imagined by Lars Von Trier" to the above paragraph you should be able to get a clear picture of what Europa is like.  It is a coherent, narrative film that actually looks like a film from the 50s post war period of European Art cinema.  Quite an achievement considering the 1991 release date.

  Europa is easily Von Trier's most watchable film- with only one graphic suicide and no genital mutilation.  Can't wait for Nymphomaniac LOL.

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