Lars Von Trier

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University of Illinois Press, 2010 - Performing Arts - 214 pages
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Scandinavia's foremost living auteur and the catalyst of the Dogme95 movement, Lars von Trier is arguably world cinema's most confrontational and polarizing figure. Willfully devastating audiences, he takes risks few filmmakers would conceive, mounting projects that somehow transcend the grand follies they narrowly miss becoming. Challenging conventional limitations and imposing his own rules, he restlessly reinvents the film language. The Danish director has therefore cultivated an insistently transnational cinema, taking inspiration from sources that range from the European avant-garde to American genre films. This volume provides a stimulating overview of Trier's career while focusing on the more recent work, including his controversial Gold Heart Trilogy (Breaking the Waves, The Idiots, and Dancer in the Dark), the as-yet unfinished USA Trilogy (Dogville and Manderlay), and individual projects such as the comedy The Boss of It All and the incendiary horror psychodrama Antichrist. Closely analyzing the films and their contexts, Linda Badley draws on a range of cultural references and critical approaches, including genre, gender, and cultural studies, performance theory, and trauma culture. Two revealing interviews that Trier granted during crucial stages of Antichrist's development are also included.
 

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Contents

CINEMA AS PERFORMANCE
1
The Student Films
16
The Europe Trilogy
21
Dogme95 and The Idiots
47
Breaking the Waves and Dancer in the Dark
69
The USA Trilogy Minus One
101
Comedy Automavision and The Boss of It All
131
Antichrist An Epilogue
140
INTERVIEWS WITH LARS VON TRIER
155
Interview October 2007
167
Filmography
181
Bibliography
193
Index
207
back cover
219
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Linda Badley is a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. She is the author of Film, Horror, and the Body Fantastic and Writing Horror and the Body: The Fiction of Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Clive Barker and the coeditor of Traditions in World Cinema.

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