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Medea (1988)

Medea is in Corinth with Jason and their two young sons. King Kreon wants to reward Jason for his exploits: he gives the hand of his daughter, Glauce, to Jason as well as the promise of the... See full summary »

Director:

Lars von Trier

Writers:

Euripides (play), Carl Theodor Dreyer (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Udo Kier ... Jason
Kirsten Olesen ... Medea
Henning Jensen ... Kreon
Solbjørg Højfeldt ... Ammen
Preben Lerdorff Rye Preben Lerdorff Rye ... Paedragon
Baard Owe ... Aiceus
Ludmilla Glinska Ludmilla Glinska ... Glauce
Vera Gebuhr Vera Gebuhr ... Aeldre Terne
Jonny Kilde Jonny Kilde ... Store Dreng
Richard Kilde Richard Kilde ... Lille Dreng
Dick Kaysø Dick Kaysø ... Jasons Stemme
Mette Munk Plum Mette Munk Plum ... Glauces Stemme
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Medea is in Corinth with Jason and their two young sons. King Kreon wants to reward Jason for his exploits: he gives the hand of his daughter, Glauce, to Jason as well as the promise of the throne. In exchange, Medea and the boys are to be banished. Jason explains that his actions ensure a rich future for Medea and her sons. She asks that she be allowed to stay; Kreon refuses. She asks for one more day, and begs Jason to seek the king's permission to allow their sons to stay in Corinth. Jason agrees and Medea prepares a gift for her sons to give to Glauce. Will Medea leave peacefully? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A very grim tale
7 May 2005 | by AtavistenSee all my reviews

Wow, this is an inspired film. It takes the myth of Jason written by Euripedes and a script by Carl Th. Dreyer, boths testimony has been proved by the test of time and makes a fantastic low budget masterpiece epic of it. Some people think that its production values spoils the experience, but I would like to ask them this: would Claude Monets paintings look better if they were polished? We see into the fabric of film here and I think that only heightens the realism or it makes me believe it the more as a film, if the focus was on making it look real several other things would get lost.

How big the debt to Dreyers movies are I cant tell as I haven't seen any of his work yet due to poor availability, but as huge it seems it actually makes me a big fan of Dreyer himself, which von Trier also is and don't try to hide.

Metaphors are a plenty here and somehow it works, experiments with filming, post production and so on is evident and really made this a wonderful testimony to an inspired mind. Respect to Lars! Especially for the water scenes, the wind, the golden fleece ...

Art direction may not be 100% historically correct, but it looks very good, Medea herself must have inspired 'Orbital' for their 'The Box' music video some years later.

The revenge she gets are the most raw and brutal I have seen by the way.


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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

1 April 1988 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Медея See more »

Filming Locations:

Denmark

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,379, 20 April 2003

Gross USA:

$16,714

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,714
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Danmarks Radio (DR) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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