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  • R
  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Lars von Trier's bizarre yarn concerns Leopold Kessler (Jean-Marc Barr), a German American who becomes involved in a surreal nightmare in postwar Germany. Leopold travels to Germany in order to help restore the ravaged countryside. His uncle (Ernst-Hugo Jaregard) gets him a job as a sleeping-car conductor with a giant railway complex called Zentropa. On his first day, Leopold is seduced by Katharina Hartmann (Barbara Sukowa), who just so happens to be the daughter of Zentropa's owner. Leopold blindly falls for Katharina, unaware that she is about to draw him into a maze of suspense and intrigue involving pro-Nazi terrorists.

    Opening with a hypnotizing image of rolling train tracks and a somber voice-over by Max Von Sydow, ZENTROPA unfolds calculatedly and ambiguously. Von Trier employs a series of ingenious technical tricks, using rear projection as well as cutting between color and black and white, in order to give his film a dazzling visual presentation. The result is a mysterious thriller that will beg for a second viewing once the final credits have rolled.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CC1784

  • Credits
    Jean-Marc Barr, Barbara Sukowa, Ernst-Hugo Jaregard
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[Von Trier is] fearless in showing off his cinematic know-how....Powerfully played by [Sukowa]..."
    New York Times

    "...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
    USA Today

    "...The movie conceals its trump cards smartly, then plays them to full dramatic effect....It is a splendid movie..."
    Film Comment

    "...It's innovative in its technique....Von Trier works up an inky, hermetic nightmare universe that is visually eloquent..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Striking and visually beautiful..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...Visually arresting..."
    Sight and Sound

    "Lars von Trier's first big splash was this lucid-dreamt 1991 ride deep into the heart of postwar guilt."
    Film Comment

    "It's one part CASABLANCA, two parts ERASERHEAD, and all parts excellent." -- Grade: A
    Entertainment Weekly

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