Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Ancient Greek Women in Film$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199678921

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678921.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 11 December 2018

Rebel and Martyr: The Medea of Lars von Trier 1

Rebel and Martyr: The Medea of Lars von Trier 1

Chapter:
(p.117) 5 Rebel and Martyr: The Medea of Lars von Trier1
Source:
Ancient Greek Women in Film
Author(s):

Annette M. Baertschi

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678921.003.0006

This chapter examines Lars von Trier's early TV production Medea (1988) which was based on an unrealized script by renowned Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer. It first situates the film within von Trier's cinematographic work, highlighting in particular the parallels to his celebrated ‘Gold Heart’ and the ‘U-S-A — Land of Opportunities’ trilogies, while also showcasing his adherence to Dreyer's aesthetic principles. In the second half, the chapter offers a detailed analysis of von Trier's appropriation of the Medea story, paying special attention not only to his ‘improving’ additions and departures from both Euripides and Dreyer, but also to the specific montage technique used in the film. The chapter argues that von Trier combines a feminist approach with a Christian re-interpretation of the myth and presents Medea as the incarnation of the oppressed female who eventually liberates herself through a horrifying act of self-sacrifice and martyrdom.

Keywords:   Lars von Trier, Medea, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Euripides, montage technique, feminist approach, Christian re-interpretation, oppressed female, self-sacrifice, martyrdom

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .