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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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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
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Colonel Harris
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Benny Poulsen ...
Steleman
Erno Müller ...
Seifert
Dietrich Kuhlbrodt ...
Inspector
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Holger Perfort ...
Mr. Ravenstein
Anne Werner Thomsen ...
Mrs. Ravenstein
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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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27 June 1991 (Germany)  »

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Budget:

DKK 28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,007,001 (USA)
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Lars von Trier:  [Hypnosis]  Max von Sydow's narration. See more »

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Leopold Kessler: I think I understand unemployment in Germany much better now. People just can't afford to work here.
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Referenced in Trier's Element (1991) See more »

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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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Innocents abroad
17 April 2001 | by (Bloomington, IN) – See all my reviews

Zentropa has much in common with The Third Man, another noir-like film set among the rubble of postwar Europe. Like TTM, there is much inventive camera work. There is an innocent American who gets emotionally involved with a woman he doesn't really understand, and whose naivety is all the more striking in contrast with the natives.

But I'd have to say that The Third Man has a more well-crafted storyline. Zentropa is a bit disjointed in this respect. Perhaps this is intentional: it is presented as a dream/nightmare, and making it too coherent would spoil the effect.

This movie is unrelentingly grim--"noir" in more than one sense; one never sees the sun shine. Grim, but intriguing, and frightening.


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