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The Cinema of Lars von Trier : The Director's Cut - Caroline Bainbridge

The Cinema of Lars von Trier

The Director's Cut

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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, presenting von Trier as one of the most daring cinematic exponents of postmodern politics and satire.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
From 'Enfant Terrible' to 'Punk Auteur': An Evolution of Technique and Stylep. 1
The 'Europa' Trilogy
Visions of Historyp. 25
Ethics, Idealism and Identityp. 44
Transformation: TV/Film
Reading The Kingdom: Authenticity, Artifice and the Postmodern Strugglep. 63
Dogme 95 and the 'Gold Heart' Trilogy
A New Vision?: Dogme 95 and the Digital Revolutionp. 83
Narrative Structure, Narrative Codes and Questions of Genre and Spectatorshipp. 102
Screening Difference in the 'Gold Heart' Trilogyp. 121
Experimentation at the Boundaries
A Trilogy in the Making: Dogville and Manderlayp. 141
From Provocateur to Puppeteer: The Five Obstructions, The Boss of It All and the Advance Partyp. 157
Statements and Manifestosp. 167
Notesp. 177
Filmographyp. 185
Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 204
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ISBN: 9781905674435
ISBN-10: 1905674430
Series: The Director's Cut
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 4th October 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.9  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.38