Europa by Lars von Trier |Jean-Marc Barr, Barbara Sukowa, Udo Kier | 715515034029 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Europa

Europa

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Director: Lars von Trier

Cast: Jean-Marc Barr, Barbara Sukowa, Udo Kier

     
 
Europa (retitled Zentropa for the American release) is an hallucinatory Danish film set in postwar Germany. Jean-Marc Barr plays a young German who aspires for a job as a street conductor. But this is no mere "Joe Job;" Barr's adventures on the line are designed as a metaphor for the emergence of the "New Europe" following the war. Barbara Sukowa costars

Overview

Europa (retitled Zentropa for the American release) is an hallucinatory Danish film set in postwar Germany. Jean-Marc Barr plays a young German who aspires for a job as a street conductor. But this is no mere "Joe Job;" Barr's adventures on the line are designed as a metaphor for the emergence of the "New Europe" following the war. Barbara Sukowa costars as the daughter of a railroad magnate--and possible Nazi sympathizer. Many of the special-effects sequences are computer enhanced, but even the "live" scenes have an unsettling, surreal quality to them (colors changing abruptly, backgrounds shifting without warning, etc.) This experimental film left some viewers confused, which may be why English-language prints of Zentropa are narrated by Max Von Sydow.

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Danish auteur Lars von Trier has rarely been one to let narrative get in the way of technical razzle-dazzle. The director's Element of Crime was as convoluted as they come, but it featured some of the most menacing cinematography in recent memory. His first breakthrough in the American art-house circuit, Europa (re-titled Zentropa in the U.S. to avoid confusion with Europa, Europa), similarly unleashed a host of marvelous cinematic tricks. If the film is somewhat pretentious, he's forgiven, since the optical trickery and the black-and-white cinematography are so sensational. It's equal parts surrealism and normalcy, and the look is appropriate to the milieu of post-World War II Germany. Like Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville or a slowly-paced David Lynch film, Europa makes a definite impact. Von Trier was supposedly so upset at his film not winning the Palme D'Or at 1991's Cannes Film Festival, he made vulgar gestures at the jury and called its president Roman Polanski a "midget."

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2008
UPC:
0715515034029
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
42,943

Special Features

Disc One: ; New, restored high-definition digital transer; Danish audio commentary with director Lars von Trier and producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen; The Making of "Europa" (1991), a documentary following the film from storyboarding to production; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; ; Disc Two: ; Trier's Element (1991), a documentary featuring an interview with von Trier a swell as footage from Europa's set and its Cannes premiere and press conference; Anecdotes form "Europa" (2005), a short documentary featuring interviews with film historian Peter Schepelern, actor Jean-Marc Barr, Aalbæk Jensen, assistant director Tómas Gislason, co-worker Niels Vorsel, and prop master Peter Grant; Interviews from 2005 with cinematographer Henning Bendtsen, composer Joachim Holbek, costume designer Manon Rasmussen, film school teacher Mogens Rukov, Gislason, Aalbæk Jensen, Grant, actor Michael Simpson, production manager Per Arman, and actor Ole Ernst; A 2005 conversation with von Trier in which he discusses the "Europa Trilogy"; "Europa": The Faecal Location (2005), a short film by Gislason

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Marc Barr Leopold Kessler
Barbara Sukowa Katharina Hartmann
Udo Kier Lawrence Hartmann
Erik Mork Father Jaregard
Eddie Constantine Colonel Harris
Jorgen Reenberg Max Hartmann
Lars von Trier The Jew
Max von Sydow Narrator
Ernst-Hugo Järegård Uncle Kessler
Henning Jensen Siggy
Holger Perfort Mr. Ravenstein
Anne Werner Thomsen Mrs. Ravenstein
János Herskó Jewish Man
Claus Flygare Father
Baard Owe Man with Papers
Leif Magnusson Doctor Magnus
Vera Gebuhr Depot Assistant
Else Petersen Old Female Assistant

Technical Credits
Lars von Trier Director,Screenwriter
Henning Bahs Production Designer
Henning Bendtsen Cinematographer
Bo Christensen Producer
François Duplat Producer
Patrick Godeau Producer
Joachim Holbek Score Composer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen Producer
Per Streit Jensen Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Klosinski Cinematographer
Jean-Paul Meurisse Cinematographer
Gunnar Obel Producer
Manon Rasmussen Costumes/Costume Designer
Herve Schneid Editor
Niels Vørsel Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Europa: Feature Film
1. Frankfurt, Germany, 1945 [8:42]
2. A Mythological Task [12:12]
3. Forward or Backward [12:52]
4. Young Assassins [7:18]
5. A Waste of Time [2:28]
6. "Do You Know This Man?" [4:30]
7. "I Am a Werewolf" [8:37]
8. Chalk-Mark Guarntee [9:11]
9. Munich, Christmas 1945 [5:23]
10. Honeymoon [6:24]
11. Bremen Express [3:48]
12. A Test [3:41]
13. Second Thoughts [4:49]
14. A Confession [9:45]
15. One Last Chance [7:20]
16. End Credits [5:05]
1. The Trilogy [9:05]
2. On Location in Poland [13:59]
3. The Actors in Copenhagen, July 1990 [5:30]
4. The Superimposition of Images [10:24]
Disc #2 -- Europa: Supplements
1. Thematic Parallels [7:02]
2. Film Shoot As "Happening" [4:31]
3. Commercial Success [10:56]
4. Idealism [6:34]
5. Hypnosis and Control [14:50]
1. Origin of the "E" [7:02]
2. A Film About Film [4:31]
3. An Interlude or Sequel? [10:56]
4. A Glossy Commercial Film [6:34]
5. A Director's Intentions [14:50]

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