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MORE DIRECTORS CHECKLIST SERIES - Volume #234 - THE FILMS OF LARS VON TRIER


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#1 of 36 Brook K

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Posted July 31 2005 - 06:56 AM

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Volume #234 - Lars Von Trier

Manderlay (2005)
The Five Obstructions (2003)
Dogville (2003)
D-dag - Den færdige film (2001) (TV)
... aka D-dag - Editors Cut
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
D-dag (2000) (TV)
D-dag - Lise (2000) (TV)
The Idiots (1998)
The Kingdom II (1997) (mini) TV Series
Breaking the Waves (1996)
The Kingdom (1994) (mini) TV Series
Europa (1991)
... aka Zentropa
Medea (1988) (TV)
Epidemic (1988)
The Element of Crime (1984)
Image of Relief (1982)
... aka Images of Liberation (Australia)
The Last Detail (1981)
Nocturne (1980)
Menthe - la bienheureuse (1979)
The Orchid Gardener (1977)

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#2 of 36 Brook K

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Posted July 31 2005 - 07:16 AM

Perhaps the most polarizing and controversial director in modern film, the enigmatic Von Trier has demonstrated his abilities as a strict formalist, a tongue-in-cheek advocate of austerity, and an exciting experimenter of both technology and the basic tenets of movie making. Ignoring his public persona, Von Trier is the most challenging, forceful, and mesmerizing director we are currently blessed with. His films reflect deeply personal emotions, a willingness to critique social and political structures, an absolute mastery of film, and an awareness of filmmaking heritage, while always looking forward to the future and new forms and developments.

*1. Dogville - A
*2. Breaking The Waves - A (absolutely stunning no matter how many times I watch it)
*3. Dancer in the Dark - A (difficult to rank these top 3 as I love them all dearly)
4. Europa - A
*5. Manderlay - A-
6. The Five Obstructions - A-
(as interesting for what Von Trier reveals about himself as it is for the films ostensible subject matter. One of the better films of the past year)
*7. The Idiots - B+ (difficult to describe the emotional turmoil this film suggests. One I definitely need to revisit)

8. Antichrist - B+

9. Melancholia - B+
10. The Boss of It All - B+
11. The Element of Crime - B
12. The Kingdom - B-
13. Medea - C+
14. Epidemic - C-


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2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#3 of 36 Jim_K

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Posted July 31 2005 - 07:21 AM

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LARS VON TRIER (1956 -     )

Melancholia (2011)

Antichrist (2009)

To Each His Own Cinema (2007) (segment "Occupations")

The Boss of It All (2006)

Manderlay (2005)
The Five Obstructions (2003)
Dogville (2003) Posted Image
D-dag - Den færdige film (2001)
Dancer in the Dark (2000) Posted Image
D-dag (2000)
D-dag - Lise (2000)
The Idiots (1998)
Breaking the Waves (1996) Posted Image
Europa (1991)
Medea (1988)
Epidemic (1988)
The Element of Crime (1984) Posted Image
Image of Relief (1982)
The Last Detail (1981)
Nocturne (1980)
Menthe - la bienheureuse (1979)
The Orchid Gardener (1977)




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#4 of 36 george kaplan

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Posted July 31 2005 - 07:39 AM

Jim, your ratings are way too generous. I've seen Dancer in the Dark, Element of Crime and Breaking the Waves, and don't begin to know which is worse. I'm still sick to my stomach from the horrible, horrible, hand-held camera work and horrendous editing from Breaking the Waves. I was going to have lunch, but just thinking about it has killed my appetite.
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#5 of 36 Bill McA

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Posted July 31 2005 - 07:50 AM


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Melancholia (2011) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Antichrist (2009) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the Blu)
To Each His Cinema (2007) (segment "Occupations") Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
The Boss of It All (2006) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Manderlay (2005) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
The Five Obstructions (2003) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Dogville (2003) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the R1 DVD & R2 2-disc SE.)
D-dag - Den færdige film (2001) (TV)
Dancer in the Dark (2000) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
D-dag (2000) (TV)
D-dag - Lise (2000) (TV)
The Idiots (1998) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the uncensored DVD)
The Kingdom II (1997) (mini) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the R2 SE DVD)
Breaking the Waves (1996) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the R1 DVD & the uncensored R2 SE)
The Kingdom (1994) (mini) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the re-edited Canadian DVD & the full-length R2 SE)
Europa (1991) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the R2 SE DVD)
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The Element of Crime (1984) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the R1 & R2 SE DVDs)
Image of Relief (1982) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
The Last Detail (1981)
Nocturne (1980) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
Menthe - la bienheureuse (1979)
The Orchid Gardener (1977)

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#6 of 36 Kirk Tsai

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Posted July 31 2005 - 08:17 AM

1. Dogville
2. Dancer in the Dark
3. Breaking the Waves
4. The Five Obstructions
5. Manderlay

#7 of 36 Elizabeth S

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Posted July 31 2005 - 10:20 AM

I've only seen "Breaking the Waves".

I did borrow "The Five Obstructions" on DVD -- however, it is one of probably only 2 films in the last 10 years that I couldn't get through. (The other being "Irma Vep".)

#8 of 36 SteveGon

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Posted July 31 2005 - 02:26 PM

Manderlay (2005) ***
Dogville (2003) ***
Dancer in the Dark (2000) **
Breaking the Waves (1996) ***1/2
The Kingdom (1994) ***
Europa (1991) ***
Epidemic (1988) ***
The Element of Crime (1984) ***
Medea (1988) ***


#9 of 36 JohnRice

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Posted July 31 2005 - 04:34 PM

I have Dogville sitting (since it came out) and have only watched the first few minutes, which definitely looked interesting. I'm just waiting to be in the mood for it. I watched Dancer in the Dark finally sometime last year and it practically gave me nightmares. I'm not even sure why. I just can't give a rating. Maybe I'll drop back by after I see Dogville and maybe Breaking the Waves or something else.

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#10 of 36 JonZ

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Posted August 01 2005 - 04:34 AM

"Manderlay (2005) - check back in 5-6 weeks"

Was Manderlay given any sort of release date? I havent heard anything yet.

#11 of 36 Bill McA

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Posted August 01 2005 - 04:50 AM

Was Manderlay given any sort of release date? I havent heard anything yet.

In 5-6 weeks from now, Manderlay will receive it's North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, which I will be attending and hope to get tickets to see!
       

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#13 of 36 Bill McA

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#14 of 36 Rich Malloy

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Posted September 12 2005 - 04:53 AM

Oh, Lars... you're so provocative! Posted Image

I kid Denmark's self-appointed enfant terrible, but in all honesty I look forward to his films more than just about any other director working today. I mean, what can you say about a guy who's first feature-length film out-Tarkovskys even Tarkovsky from a visual standpoint, and then ten years later the very same guy inaugurates the dogme movement? From treating actors like just another element of the mise-en-scene to becoming the director who's style has done more to liberate actors than any other (save perhaps Mike Leigh)? A guy who somehow manages to purchase Carl Dreyer's tuxedo, and then wears it while accepting an award and flipping off the Cannes jury because it's just a technical one? Who kept all of Denmark transfixed with his TV series (likened to the "Who shot JR?" mania in the States)? Who introduced the brilliance of Emily Watson to the world? Who so broke down Bjork that she refused, Falconetti-like, to ever act again... after receiving a Best Actress award for her work at Cannes?

No, there's no one like Von Trier, and he'll make damn sure of that. Is he the greatest filmmaker working today? Probably not. But, arguably, he's the most important. Certainly one of the most visionary. And, at the same time he aims his films straight at the mainstream audience while refusing to pander to their preconceptions and prejudices (but playing on those preconceptions and prejudices for all they're worth). His films are the perfect antidote to the wimpering, faux-transgressive "indie-scene" cinema of today, his cynicism and ascerbic wit a welcome tonic for the pandering, platitudinous conservatism of mainstream movies.

All his films are recommended. Even "Epidemic" and perhaps especially "The Idiots". And "Dogville", "Dancer", "Breaking", "Europa", "Riget"... masterpieces all. <-Not all apprehend this yet, but mark my words. :b
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Posted February 19 2006 - 09:18 AM

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Manderlay - A-

Not the masterpiece that Dogville is, but certainly provocative and powerful in its own right.
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Posted February 19 2006 - 10:22 AM

Dancer in the Dark:
Hmm. How wold I rate this? It's designed to be manipulative. The story-- a half blind woman emigrates to the United States for the sole purpose of saving enough money for procure an operation for her son. And, of course, those evil Americans, those greedy, little people who care only for materialism, proceed to remove her from her money. And when that fails, her life is forfeit. The horror.

It's not even about Washington. The only reason it's set in Washington is that they have hangings. And hangings are a visually interesting way of killing people....

Most directors use the 2.35 aspect ratio so as to dramatize the sense of composition. Not von Trier. He uses it it combination with hand framing and wobble. The result is a sort of sea sickness. Color is muted, bland. The sound mix is towards the center.

But in musical scenes, everything is framed perfectly. The colors are bright. The sound is spacious. Is von Trier trying to argue for misanthropy? That one's imagination is so much more vivid than anything the mundane world could ever produce?

I liked the Kingdom. Pity that the second part isn't available here. I've only seen Breaking the Waves once. Perhaps he had a similarly artistic notion behind his decision to abandon tripods. Perhaps he simply likes to torture the audience.

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Posted August 13 2006 - 11:40 AM

Manderlay *** out of ****

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Posted November 30 2006 - 07:01 AM

Antichrist (2009) - 7/10
Manderlay (2005) - 8/10
Dogville (2003) - 8/10
Dancer in the Dark (2000) - 8/10
Breaking the Waves (1996) - 7/10
The Kingdom (1994) - 9/10
Europa (1991) - 8/10


I would have sworn I already posted in this thread.

Anyway, LVT is definitely a director who inspires both love and hate in any viewer (at least, any viewer with an open mind). Manipulative as hell, but also effective as hell, and quite fascinating.

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Posted January 05 2007 - 01:22 AM

Medea *** out of ****

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Posted January 13 2007 - 01:43 AM

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