And who could forget about this guy? As the conclusion to his supposed "Depression Trilogy," which also includes Antichrist and Melancholiathe film is yet another patented Von Trier provocation, the latest in a long line of films that concurrently infuriate and fascinate audiences and critics. So it goes with the Danish director, a master of self-promotion not to mention self-aggrandizement and self-loathing who begs for the spotlight if only to alienate himself once it gets there. In his review of Breaking the Waves, Reader critic Jonathan Rosenbaum makes a small remark that nevertheless encapsulates precisely how I and presumably many others feel about the director, writing, "[E]ven if [the film] winds up enraging you.
Share via Email Stig Bjorkman There are elements in Dogville that are reminiscent of classic Anglo-Saxon literature, from Fielding to Dickens, with the omniscient narrator's voice and the division into chapters, where the chapter headings give an idea of what is about to happen.
Lars von Trier That's true, but it's more likely I had a book like Winnie the Pooh in mind when I was writing the screenplay.
There, at the beginning of each chapter, you read things like, "In which Pooh and Piglet go hunting and nearly catch a Woozle", for instance.
Things like that, which really get your imagination going. One of my favourite films is Barry Lyndon, which is also divided into chapters, although I don't remember if there are any clues as to what the chapters are going to contain.
The screenplay of Dogville is divided into scenes. It might say, "The scene where this or that happens But later on we switched to calling the scenes "chapters", partly because of the word's literary associations.
LVT The film was certainly inspired by Brecht. I would prefer to call it second-hand inspiration, though.
My mother was really keen on Brecht. She left home when her father broke her Kurt Weill records, old 78s. She was only 16 then, but Weill was her great musical passion and she couldn't bear what her father had done.
Brecht was something of a domestic god when I was growing up, whereas my generation has tended to view him as a rather old-fashioned genius. Fashions and tastes are constantly changing, of course.
But Dogville is inspired by Brecht. I listened to that a lot and was really seduced by the great revenge motif in the song: We happened to be listening to that song, and I said I could see myself making a film about revenge.
I thought the most interesting thing would be to come up with a story where you build up everything leading to the act of vengeance. And, of course, these days I've got this notion that I can only make films that are set in the US, maybe because I was criticised when Dancer in the Dark came out for making a film about a country I've never been to.
I can't really understand that sort of criticism. But one reason for it might be that I criticised the American justice system in the film.
And I daresay I know more about America from various media than the Americans did about Morocco when they made Casablanca. They never went there either. Humphrey Bogart never set foot in the town. SB Did you get the idea for the form of Dogville at the same time as the plot? But it felt boring.
Then I went on a fishing trip to Sweden, and wasn't having any luck!
Suddenly I had the idea that you could see the whole of Dogville as though laid out on a map. That the whole story could be told on an unfolded map.
I'm pretty fascinated by the limitations that unity of space can give you. Another source of inspiration was one of the best things I've seen on television: It looked like the actors were allowed to improvise from the text.
It was a magnificent production.Highlights from the filmography of Lars Von Trier Weekly Top Five / Film Weekly Top Five: The best of Lars von Trier the fully realized nature of the milieu; the town of Dogville, Colorado. Dogville, dir. Lars Von Trier (). Film review In some ways a marvellous film, Dogville is at root a con trick – which neither its director nor the critics acknowledge, argues Tom Jennings.
Mar 21, · DOGVILLE, the setting for Lars von Trier's new film of the same name, is a tiny, obscure town in the Colorado Rockies. The adult population numbers about 15, and during the Great Depression, when the film takes place, these people's lives are busy, joyless and harsh.
May 21, · Watch video · Directed by Lars von Trier. With Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Harriet Andersson. A woman on the run from the mob is 8/10(K).
On the Nature of Dogs, the Right of Grace, Forgiveness and Hospitality: Derrida, Kant, and Lars Von Trier's Dogville by Adam Atkinson Newsweek review BBC Release date: 19 May (Cannes).
Lars von Trier That's true, but it's more likely I had a book like Winnie the Pooh in mind when I was writing the screenplay. There, at the beginning of each chapter, you read things like, "In.