Medea (1987)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1987
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

It's difficult to imagine the Euripides original ever being more eloquently adapted.

Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Medea concentrates on the human story of ambition and jealousy

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Works on von Trier's own imagistic terms.

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Christopher Null

The cryptic tale is an exercise in long takes and roundabout dialogue, where every character speaks in riddles.

Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Produced for Danish television in 1987, Medea is a remarkable, streamlined minimalist tone poem.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

No admirer of Mr. von Trier's work should miss this compelling rarity.

Chris Elliot

Adapted from a script composed by the late Danish silent filmmaker Carl Theodor Dryer, this narrative is quiet and elegant.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Literal and simple-minded.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
Lars Von Trier has an amazing style and he made me enjoy a story that I am not to fond of. He made the story of Medea realistic and bleak, which was a nice… More
Sylvester Kuo
Lars von Trier's Medea is an one of a kind adaptation to the classic Greek tragedy about a vengeful wife's plot against her unfaithful husband. Von… More
Cameron Johnson
I figured Tyler Perry owned this character and didn't figure that anyone else would make a Madea film, let alone, of all people, Lars von Trier... about… More
Robert Brogan
Medea is a very sullen, brooding production. While the film is put together well (with excellent use of sound), it is lacking in pathos; Medea and Jason show… More