Revisiting Euripides’ Greek tragedy Medea through the lens of Lars von Trier, Pasolini and Sholay

Posted on April 9, 2020

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That’s what Medea wants Jason to discover: the feeling of losing your children when you are still alive, a feeling that will intensify as you grow older, lonelier.

Being alone with your loved ones is awesome — until it isn’t. And many of us, I’m sure, are finally beginning to understand what the Jack Nicholson character was going through in The Shining. I mean, even without a haunted hotel, even if you are just at home, the fact that everyone is in everyone’s face all the time, day after day, week after week — it’s enough to drive you homicidal, even if only at the thought level. Medea, of course, went one step further. She committed thought to deed. She killed her two young sons, though for a very different reason.

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