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Europa (1991)

 -  Drama  -  27 June 1991 (Germany)
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Just after WW2, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Leopold Kessler
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Katharina Hartmann
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Lawrence Hartmann
Ernst-Hugo Järegård ...
Uncle Kessler
Erik Mørk ...
Pater
Jørgen Reenberg ...
Max Hartmann
Henning Jensen ...
Siggy
Eddie Constantine ...
Colonel Harris
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Narrator (voice)
Benny Poulsen ...
Steleman
Erno Müller ...
Seifert
Dietrich Kuhlbrodt ...
Inspector
Michael Phillip Simpson ...
Robins
Holger Perfort ...
Mr. Ravenstein
Anne Werner Thomsen ...
Mrs. Ravenstein
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Storyline

An American of German descent arrives in post-war Germany 1945. His uncle gets him a job on the Zentropa train line as a sleeping car conductor. The American's wish is to be neutral to the ongoing purges of loyalists by the Allied forces and do what he can to help a hurting country, but he finds himself being used by both the Americans and the influential family that owns the railroad. After falling in love with the railroad magnate's daughter, he finds that he can't remain neutral and must make some difficult choices. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated R for scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 June 1991 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

DKK 28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,007,001 (USA)
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Trivia

Lars von Trier:  the Jew who signs the affidavit clearing the name of the Zentropa owner. See more »

Quotes

Leopold Kessler: I think I understand unemployment in Germany much better now. People just can't afford to work here.
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Europa Aria
Written by Lars von Trier
Performed by Nina Hagen and Philippe Huttenlocher
Courtesy of Virgin Musique
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utterly fascinating and unique
9 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With stunning cinematography and a thread of Kafkaesque absurdity, this movie had me from the simple yet fascinating opening scene. The movie plays much like a dream, and I think that may be why people either hate it or love it. Characters are drawn superficially and the story itself is slight and perhaps a little pointless. But these are failings of the movie but conscious choices. The film works isn't trying to work as history, but rather is a deconstruction of 1940s war movies.

I would have trouble arguing that there was much real substance to the movie, but the movie is such a cinematic wonder that I was completely swept away. This is one of the most beautifully filmed movies ever, and there is a wild imagination in its style. I can completely understand why people would hate it, but I give it 9/10.


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