Tag Archives: Lars von Trier

Dancer in the Dark

YOU DON’T NEED EYES TO SEE.  In 1964, Czech immigrant Selma Ježková (Björk), who’s nearly blind, is working in the U.S. to save money for her son’s eye surgery, but eventually ends up on death row. Lars von Trier’s musical, made in Sweden, set in the U.S. and starring Icelandic singer Björk, polarized audiences and … Continue reading Dancer in the Dark

Nymph()maniac: Vol. II

Joe’s (Charlotte Gainsbourg) story of her days as a nymphomaniac continues, and we learn that her experiences became increasingly desperate… Darker in tone than Vol. I, this one has a grisly abortion scene, some bloody BDSM action and silly adventures among gangsters. What started out as a mildly intriguing project turns very unpleasant, with pretensions … Continue reading Nymph()maniac: Vol. II

Nymph()maniac: Vol. I

FORGET ABOUT LOVE. When Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) finds Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) lying beaten up near his apartment, he brings her home and starts listening to her story; at a very early age she realized that she was a nymphomaniac… What was more or less described as Lars von Trier’s stab at full-blown pornography has its … Continue reading Nymph()maniac: Vol. I

Trespassing Bergman

Edited together (with partly new material) from a documentary series, this film examines (in chronological order) the career and films of Ingmar Bergman through the eyes of numerous prominent filmmakers and actors who have been more or less touched by the Master’s work. Some of them also visit the stark island in Sweden where Bergman … Continue reading Trespassing Bergman

Dogville

A QUIET LITTLE TOWN NOT FAR FROM HERE. The residents of Dogville, Colorado, agree to offer runaway Grace (Nicole Kidman) sanctuary, with discomforting consequences. Lars von Trier’s first part of a planned trilogy about the U.S. was shot entirely on a soundstage with white stripes standing in for the buildings of Dogville (and the actors … Continue reading Dogville

Melancholia

As a giant planet called Melancholia may or may not collide with Earth, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) is about to get married but is overcome with depression. In Lars von Trier’s perhaps most obvious attempt to tackle his personal experiences of depression onscreen, he does it in the shape of a moody disaster movie. Divided into two … Continue reading Melancholia

Antichrist: Chaos Reigns

WHEN NATURE TURNS EVIL, TRUE TERROR AWAITS.   In the 1890s, the Swedish writer August Strindberg released a book called “Inferno”, chronicling a severe bout of depression that had left him unable to work for a long time. It was telling that Lars von Trier chose to call Antichrist his personal “Inferno”, a movie he made while … Continue reading Antichrist: Chaos Reigns

Manderlay

LIBERATION. WHETHER THEY WANT IT OR NOT. After leaving Dogville, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) passes a Southern plantation where the owner still keeps slaves and decides to teach everyone there a lesson about democracy. Director Lars Von Trier’s sequel to Dogville (2003) uses the same theatrical set-up and once again his cinematographer employs effective visual tricks. However, Howard … Continue reading Manderlay