Medea di Lars von Trier – 1988: la dialettica degli opposti

M. Iacopino


Basing on a screenplay by Carl Theodor Dreyer, who also draws inspiration from Euripide’s Medea, Lars von Trier stages a personal view of this same tragedy, setting it in a dark and cold North. Using a wise game of contrasts, water (Medea) and ground (Jason), open spaces and closed environments, landscapes and breathless close-ups, the Danish director presents Medea as a real tragic heroin. The fil rouge of the whole plot is water, conceived as a symbol of the unconscious; it is water that, from the opening credits on, seeks to drive the audience into a kind of dreamlike and floating state, without even mitigating the rawness and tragicalness of the portrayed events.

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