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Europa (1991)

Just after W.W.II, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him.

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Lawrence Hartmann
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Uncle Kessler
Erik Mørk ...
Pater
Jørgen Reenberg ...
Max Hartmann
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Siggy
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Colonel Harris
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Benny Poulsen ...
Steleman
Erno Müller ...
Seifert
Dietrich Kuhlbrodt ...
Inspector
Michael Phillip Simpson ...
Robins
Holger Perfort ...
Mr. Ravenstein
Anne Werner Thomsen ...
Mrs. Ravenstein
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Storyline

An American of German descent arrives in post-war Germany 1945. His uncle gets him a job on the Zentropa train line as a sleeping car conductor. The American's wish is to be neutral to the ongoing purges of loyalists by the Allied forces and do what he can to help a hurting country, but he finds himself being used by both the Americans and the influential family that owns the railroad. After falling in love with the railroad magnate's daughter, he finds that he can't remain neutral and must make some difficult choices. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated R for scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 June 1991 (Germany)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

DKK 28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,007,001
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The final film in Lars von Trier's 'Europa' trilogy which illuminates the traumas of Europe in the future. The two other parts are The Element of Crime (1984) and Epidemic (1987). See more »

Quotes

Leopold Kessler: I think I understand unemployment in Germany much better now. People just can't afford to work here.
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Connections

Referenced in Antichrist (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Europa Aria
Written by Lars von Trier
Performed by Nina Hagen and Philippe Huttenlocher
Courtesy of Virgin Musique
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Back to 1945 Germany
1 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

By watching this movie I discovered an artist that I waited too long to discover. Playing with multiple cinematographic tricks Trier not only bring us back in history but he also adopt the style that movie had in the time where the action is depicted. Also, with the rear screen projection, Trier had the chance to give his movie a unique depth of field and by the way to mix color and B&W and therefore make a magical masterpiece that can be appreciated by the dumb movie eaters that most of us are.


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