Zentropa (Criterion Collection, 2-DVD)

Starring: Jean-Marc Barr Director: Lars von Trier  Rated: R: Restricted
Zentropa (Criterion Collection, 2-DVD)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
  • Video: Black & White / Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1992
  • Label: Criterion
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English, German
    • Subtitles - English - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: Europa--The Faecal Location - 2005
    • Interviews: Henning Bendtsen, Cinematographer; Joachim Holbek,Composer; Manon Rasmussen, Costume Designer; Mogens Rukov, Film Educator; Tomas Gislason, Editor; Peter Aalbaek Jensen, Producer, Peter Grant, Art Director; Michael Simpson, Actor; Per Arman, Production Manager; Ole Ernst, Actor
    • Highlights - Europa Trilogy Conversation With Lars von Trier, Director - 2005
    • Audio Commentary: Lars Von Trier, Director; Peter Aalbaek Jensen, Producer
    • Documentary:
      1. The Making of EUROPA - 1991
      2. Trier's Element - 1991
      3. Anecdotes from Europa - 2005
  • Additional Products:
    • Booklet

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Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 05/22/1992
"...[Von Trier is] fearless in showing off his cinematic know-how....Powerfully played by [Sukowa]..."
USA Today - 07/22/1992
"...A comic-fantasy nightmare of the wickedest kind. It utilizes high-tech mixed media, audacious rear projection and shifts in pigment..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Film Comment - 09/01/1991
"...The movie conceals its trump cards smartly, then plays them to full dramatic effect....It is a splendid movie..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/17/1992
"...It's innovative in its technique....Von Trier works up an inky, hermetic nightmare universe that is visually eloquent..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 07/03/1992
"...Striking and visually beautiful..."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2002
"...Visually arresting..."
Film Comment - 11/01/2008
"Lars von Trier's first big splash was this lucid-dreamt 1991 ride deep into the heart of postwar guilt."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/19/2008
"It's one part CASABLANCA, two parts ERASERHEAD, and all parts excellent." -- Grade: A

Product Description:

"You will now listen to my voice...On the count of ten you will be in Europa..." So begins Max von Sydow's opening narration to Lars von Trier's hypnotic Europa (known in the U.S. as Zentropa), a fever dream in which American pacifist Leopold Kessler (Jean-Marc Barr) stumbles into a job as a sleeping-car conductor for the Zentropa railways in a Kafkaesque 1945 postwar Frankfurt. With its gorgeous black-and-white and color imagery and meticulously recreated (if then nightmarishly deconstructed) costumes and sets, Europa is one of the great Danish filmmaker's weirdest and most wonderful works, a runaway train ride to an oddly futuristic past.

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"You will now listen to my voice...On the count of ten you will be in Europa..." So begins Max von Sydow's opening narration to Lars von Trier's hypnotic Europa (known in the U.S. as Zentropa), a fever dream in which American pacifist Leopold Kessler (Jean-Marc Barr) stumbles into a job as a sleeping-car conductor for the Zentropa railways in a Kafkaesque 1945 postwar Frankfurt. With its gorgeous black-and-white and color imagery and meticulously recreated (if then nightmarishly deconstructed) costumes and sets, Europa is one of the great Danish filmmaker's weirdest and most wonderful works, a runaway train ride to an oddly futuristic past.

Plot Synopsis:

ZENTROPA is an alluring film that follows a German-American pacifist as he travels to Germany to help the country rebuild. Working on the railway Zentropa, he becomes involved with the daughter of the railway owner, who lures him into becoming a pawn in a pro-Nazi terrorist scheme. Lars von Trier's stylish thriller features hypnotic narration by the legendary Max von Sydow and is filmed with a variety of inventive visual techniques, resulting in another truly original motion picture.

Plot Keywords:

Betrayal | Deception | Railroads | Romance | Terrorism | Theatrical Release | War | World War II

Production Notes:

  • Disappointed that his film didn't win the Cannes Film Festival's prestigious Palme d'Or, von Trier took a jab at jury president Roman Polanski by thanking "the midget" when he accepted the Grand Jury Prize.
  • The English subtitles are yellow.

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