restricted access “Indulging in Romance with Wagner”: Tristan in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (2011)

Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (2011) makes extensive use of music from the Prelude to Tristan und Isolde. The deployment of cues in this film is analyzed against the backdrop of the director’s earlier output, in particular Epidemic, which has recourse to Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser.