Lars Von Trier: Interviews

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Jan Lumholdt
Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 218 pages
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With six entries at the Cannes Film Festival thus far, Lars von Trier has been a Cannes award winner four times. Without question, he is the most intriguing film director to emerge in Denmark since the days of his great mentor in spirit Carl Theodor Dreyer. A relentless visionary, von Trier (b. 1956) has succeeded not only in realizing his projects but also in managing to gather substantial audiences to his films. Breaking the Waves (1996) made him a well-known figure to American audiences, as did Dancer in the Dark (2000), winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

His work on the groundbreaking TV series The Kingdom (1994-97) made him a household name in Denmark. He has continued to stir controversy for his polarizing views on the characters and subject matter of his films, as well as for his film technique. Media attention reached its peak when von Trier created Dogme 95, a movement dedicated to the "Vow of Chastity," which strips cinema of its artifice, flash, and polish.

Rather than being strident or shrill, however, these collected interviews reveal the Danish filmmaker to be impish, forthright, witty, sometimes infuriating, and deeply committed to the possibilities of cinema. The conversations in this collection trace his development from the structured, image-obsessed formalist of The Element of Crime (1984) and Europa (U.S. title Zentropa, 1991) to the control-shunning game master of the 1990s.

Most of these interviews, two previously unpublished, are translated into English for the first time. They begin in 1968, when von Trier was the lead actor in a children's TV series, and end in 2001. Von Trier speaks of his visions, ideals, dislikes, and technical experimentations, of his conception of actors, his childhood, his phobias, and of his views on religion and his ill-fated female protagonists. His style in conversation is relaxed and honest, his mood affirmative and passionate.

Jan Lumholdt is a freelance journalist in Stockholm. He is a former editor of Cinema, and his work has been published in Film International and Film Comment, as well as in Danish, German, and Swedish periodicals.

  

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Nicknamed the "Antichrist of Celluloid," Dane Lars von Trier has had a long and controversial film career in Europe, earning four awards at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Palme d'Or for ... Read full review

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Contents

Hed Rather Watch a Cop Show Than Himself
3
Sightseeing with the Holy Ghost
24
A Conversation with Lars von Trier
47
A Conversation with Lars von Trier Henning Bendtsen and ErnstHugo
64
A Romance in Decomposition
71
Euro Paean
84
Lars von Trier
100
The Man Who Would Give Up Control
117
Dogme Is Dead Long Live Song and Dance
130
Dance in the Dark
144
There Will Be No FunPoking Today
159
Lars von Trier
170
Lars von Trier in Dogville
205
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Jan Lumholdt is a freelance journalist in Stockholm. He is a former editor of Cinema, and his work has been published in Film International and Film Comment, as well as in Danish, German, and Swedish periodicals.

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