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