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Shooting entirely on analog video, Lars von Trier directs the made-for-Danish-TV version of the ancient Greek tragedy Medea by Euripides. The screenplay is based on a 1960s adaptation written by master Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer that was never produced during his lifetime. The mythological story follows after the tale of Jason and the Argonauts, with Jason (Udo Kier) having successfully returned with the Golden Fleece and ready to marry the young Glauce (Ludmilla Glinska), daughter of King Kreon (Henning Jensen). In doing so, Jason abandons his long-suffering wife, Medea (Kirsten… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The moment you can forget about Dreyer--or at least reduce his contribution to some parts of the dialogue-- Medea becomes an exhilarating visual feast."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's difficult to imagine the Euripides original ever being more eloquently adapted."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Medea concentrates on the human story of ambition and jealousy"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"The muddy, overly-pixilated pictures begin to resonate with a punchy beauty found in very few shot-on-film movies."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Works on von Trier's own imagistic terms."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The cryptic tale is an exercise in long takes and roundabout dialogue, where every character speaks in riddles."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Produced for Danish television in 1987, Medea is a remarkable, streamlined minimalist tone poem."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"... Has the haunted air of a silent film unearthed just before its irretrievable decay."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"No admirer of Mr. von Trier's work should miss this compelling rarity."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"Adapted from a script composed by the late Danish silent filmmaker Carl Theodor Dryer, this narrative is quiet and elegant."
‑ Chris Elliot, PopMatters
"Literal and simple-minded."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"In one startling scene, it appeared to me as if I was looking at Van Gogh's wheatfields with the wind swirling forcefully in and out of the fields."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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