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/movies/61870/europa
Review of Europa
by Crim
Posted on June 30th, 2020
Positive 8
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so noir it shines with it. from the hypnotic (literally) intro to the very end, this is style, style, style, and it didn't even bother me that i often couldn't tell what it all meant - not the scene themselves, those were clear, the stylistic choices. it was so wonderful, i basked in the pleasure of it even as the credits rolled and i realized i had no idea what "message" there was, how i should take that ending (i did have some thoughts at the moment, but it was a muted reaction.) notes: * most embarrassing: soon after it started, i paused and checked that i was really watching this and not, somehow, a 50s movie. * my thoughts during the final scenes: while leopold snapping was excruciatingly built up, it played out as a mix of tantrum-throwing posturing, empty triumph, and cluelessness. while the germans were stuck in petty regulations, concerned with appearances while the rules were easily violated by corruption, when leopold snaps free and grabs the gun, he acts like someone who hasn't lived the war, a man who "has had enough" only due to his previously fortunate circumstances - that scene says as much about americans as the role the military was shown to play in the entire rest of the movie. (it was also blissfully free of manpain, always a plus nowadays.) * the use of color was splendid, and utterly confounded me. i had thoughts on it as i was watching, and discarded them. maybe this is something for a rewatch. maybe it's as simple as "wherever von trier saw fit to use it". it looks fantastic, so i'd be totally content with just that.
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