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Old 06-01-11, 04:34 AM
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Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

I've only seen Antichrist which i loved. And was debating which one of his movies i should dive into next. Mainly looking at Dancer In the Dark or Breaking the Waves.



actually thats partially a lie, i technically saw Dogville but i only watched an hour before giving up. Just couldn't get into it
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

Dancer in the Dark best movie
Breaking the Waves best central performance
Dogville best directing
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

should be a poll
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

I loved his Dogme films, especially Where is the Poll?
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

Originally Posted by Rypro 525 View Post
Mainly looking at Dancer In the Dark or Breaking the Waves.

Can't go wrong with either of those.

I also like Europa/Zentropa which is a complete opposite of those two - very stylized, and relying heavily on filmmaking technique. But it managed to tell a story well told.

The Kingdom (Riget) TV series is also quite enjoyable. And maybe you should give Dogville another try.

The rest, while interesting, is not nearly as good in my opinion.

The Element of Crime and Epidemic are exercises of style with some technique but no story.

The Idiots has no technique and no story. It's like Jackass before Jackass, only with group sex.

Dogville is pretty good; maybe you should give it another chance. On the other hand Manderlay is truly terrible.

The Boss of It All is entertaining, nothing more.
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The Idiots has no technique and no story. It's like Jackass before Jackass, only with group sex.
Except 'Jackass' features real jackasses. 'The Idiots' is all acting. It's a horrible fucking film.
Old 06-03-11, 09:28 PM
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

I haven't seen Melancholia (obviously) The Idiots or The Kingdom yet, but I would rank Lars' filmography:

1. Antichrist
2. Breaking the Waves
3. Dogville
4. Dancer in the Dark
5. Medea
6. Europa
7. Nocturne (short film on the Epidemic DVD)
8. Epidemic
9. Manderlay
10. The Boss of It All
11. The Element of Crime
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

I've never heard of this guy. What are his films like ?
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

No poll.


1) Dancer in the Dark
2) Breaking the Waves
3) Antichrist
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

I'd say it's between Dancer in the Dark and Breaking the Waves. Go with Dancer.

It took me a few times to finally get through Dogville, but when I did I absolutely loved it. It contains of the darkest and best lines ever at the end of the film and it's Nicole Kidman's best role yet (yes, I've seen Rabbit Hole). Give it another chance.

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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

Originally Posted by Spottedfeather View Post
I've never heard of this guy. What are his films like ?
well....
If Hitchcock and Bergman had a child, and that child then had a child with Wenders' child, this child would be killed by the child of Von Trier!

hope that helps!

and Dancer is my fav although Dogville and BTWs are both quite good too.
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

I know Hitchcock and I've heard of Bergman, but I have no idea of who Wenders is. But if this guy's movies are like Hitchcock, they may be good.
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Originally Posted by Spottedfeather View Post
I know Hitchcock and I've heard of Bergman, but I have no idea of who Wenders is. But if this guy's movies are like Hitchcock, they may be good.
No, von Trier's movies aren't exactly "Hitchcockian."

The best way to describe his movies are: think of the bleakest film you've ever watched, increase it by five and that only begins to describe how dark his films can be. He has a very fascinating eye for exploring the dark side of the human condition and physical/mental illness.

But at the same time, he's gotten some of the best performances by leading actresses - Emily Watson, Björk, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nicole Kidman and even Bryce Dallas Howard - in the last few decades.
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

Von Trier really annoys me. Lots of style, some assumed substance, but not much there for real. His stuff feels oddly hipster-ish, if that makes any sense. Someone who is trying really hard to reinforce some as-of-yet non-existent style of filmmaking, but mostly fails or flounders with it. I agree that he gets some really bleak shit out of his females actresses, but that troubles me too.
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

I really liked Dancer in the Dark, but I absolutely hated Dogville, and those are the only two of his I've seen.
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

Originally Posted by Spottedfeather View Post
I know Hitchcock and I've heard of Bergman, but I have no idea of who Wenders is. But if this guy's movies are like Hitchcock, they may be good.
certainly not like Hitchcock in the majority of ways but his darkness with a sense of irony sometimes reminds me of Hitchcock.

I do like Von Trier but I wouldn't list him as one of the 10 best Directors working today. He is bleak but if I want good bleak I go to Michael Haneke or bad bleak to Michael Bay (films very own Antichrist!)
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

Originally Posted by Spottedfeather View Post
I've never heard of this guy. What are his films like ?
You can stream some of his films on Netflix... that'll give you a better idea than other people's opinions
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

I don't have netflix. Don't have that kind of money.
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Originally Posted by Spottedfeather View Post
I don't have netflix. Don't have that kind of money.
You can sign up for 2 weeks free! I think you can even find it for a month
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

Originally Posted by Spottedfeather View Post
I don't have netflix. Don't have that kind of money.
Streaming only is like 8 dollars a month.
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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

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Re: Fave Lars Von Trier Film?

Originally Posted by arminius View Post
Streaming only is like 8 dollars a month.
But don't you need a credit card to sign up ? If only to show that you can pay for it....I don't have a card.

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