The Cinema of Lars Von Trier: Authenticity and Artifice

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Wallflower Press, 2007 - Performing Arts - 210 pages
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Lars von Trier is the most controversial figure of contemporary European cinema. This volume is the first book to analyse in depth the changes he has brought to modern film. Since founding the back-to-basics Dogme philosophy of filmmaking in 1995, von Trier's name has become a by-word for taboo-breaking cinema. As a director, he has courted media controversy through films such as The Idiots (1998), with its unsimulated sex and non-conformist politics, and through his complex relationships with actresses such as Bjork and Nicole Kidman, from whom he coaxed career-best performances in Dancer in the Dark (2000) and Dogville (2003) respectively. Analysing these films as well as recent works such as The Five Obstructions (2004) from a psychoanalytic perspective, it forges a new understanding of the founder of Dogme 95 as a great democratiser of cinema in the digital age.

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The speciality of this British press is film, and this series covers international directors for an academic audience. Danish director Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark; Dogville) helped found the ... Read full review

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Caroline Bainbridge is Reader in Visual Culture at the University of Roehampton and a Director of the Media and the Inner World research network, which is funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is Editor of the Journal 'Free Associations: Psychoanalysis and Culture, Media, Groups, Politics'.

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