Medea (1988, 76 min.). Made for Danish television, von Trier based this version of Euripides’s play on Carl Theodor Dreyer’s screenplay. King Creon banishes Medea and her sons from Cornith, so her husband will marry the King’s daughter. Von Trier utilizes the aesthetic qualities of shooting on video—grainy visuals and a low depth of field—to his advantage in conveying Medea’s passion and revenge she takes against her husband for his betrayal. “It’s difficult to imagine the Euripides original ever being more eloquently adapted” (The Village Voice). In Danish with English subtitles.