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Dancer in the Dark
You don't need eyes to see.
Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma learns to cope through her love of musicals, escaping life's troubles - even if just for a moment - by dreaming up little numbers to the rhythmic beats of her surroundings.
And thus, the chorus repeats.
Again, Lars von Trier uses an homage/satire of conventional Hollywood genres to close another thematic trilogy - film noir with Europa, and musicals here in Dancer in the Dark. Using a genre setting allows for a more inviting film, a chance to simplify the focus - the striking visual sensibilities of Europa and audial banquet of Dancer in the Dark. Although, even though the genre may be familiar, von Trier is able to spin them just a bit off-center, without having to waste time setting up the conceit or the conceptual adjustment period to more radically unique films like The Element of Crime and The Idiots. Both here and in Europa, he presents something known,…
This is by far the saddest movie I have ever seen. I could not stop crying for the entire last hour of the film. Dancer in the Dark is such a horrible film, and I hate Lars for making a movie so fucking manipulative. I would call this film overly emotional and that it exists solely to get a response from the audience, however it feels authentic. I enjoyed that Lars was taking me on this emotional journey, and although I don't agree with Lars' pessimistic ideology, I still appreciate how depressing this film is.
What I really like about this film is that it is really hard to watch. Not just in its subject matter, Lars makes the film…
I was going to write something lengthy about how Dancer in the Dark is a deconstruction of the classic Hollywood musical structure and a thoughtful examination of music and cinema as a means of escapism. But, as is always the case with Von Trier films, it destroyed my emotions and threw my perceptions completely off kilter, leaving me in a depressing trance that refuses to allow me to conjure up enough cohesive thoughts to really form something worth reading. But I'll postscript this with a brief remark that is no way, shape, or form any type of hyperbole. Dancer in the Dark is a masterpiece. The best film of the 2000's. The best musical ever made. Von Trier's greatest achievement.…
I get it. I finally know what the hell Lars is doing.
Okay. So firstly, this so-called conclusion to the "Golden Heart Trilogy" is basically the standard by which all polarizing films should be measured. It's just that divisive. I felt my star rating dropping from five to zero and back again, more times than I could count. Of course by this point the star rating is unnecessary and silly, and it's obvious that we have a winner. Lars von Trier insisted that a film should be like "a stone in your shoe", and he is a man of his word. Any film that finds its way past your mind's proverbial shoe and pokes directly into your unprotected subconscious deserves…
this is the worst movie ive ever seen
Dancer In The Dark is a difficult film to watch. We witness the story of a Czech mother struggling to get by in America, clinging onto her job and hoping to provide a future for her son. Life is hard for young Selma as we see her saving each cent she can find for a much more noble cause, sacrificing herself in the process. A bleeding heart story for sure fully exploited by Lars Von Trier and his motion sick camera.
There are two problems that are hard to overcome in the first third of the film. One being the sharp editing that keep us within the scene but jumps a couple of seconds ahead…
Watching Dancer in the Dark for a second time is so much better than the first.
I literally sobbed for 2hrs straight this is a must see
Probably the most depressing and unusual movie musical you'll ever watch. The lead character was frustrating and stupid, for lack of a better adjective; but overall, I like its weirdness. And Björk was a magnetic revelation.
Class Screening, FILM 151 (UC Berkeley)
Funny, moving, tragic. Only Lars movie to make me half-cry.
It really only comes alive during he musical sequences, which are superb with their editing along with the music of our industrial modern world. The ending certainly makes an impact but it doesn't make up for the awkwardness of the rest of the film nor the nauseating look and camerawork used throughout. Plus, the whole thing is telegraphed right from the beginning with very few surprises or moments of real inspiration (except for the musical stuff, of course).
classic lars :(
If you want both your parents to cry, show them Dancer in the Dark. Trust me, I know from experience. This surely ushered in the 21st century with style, with its experimental SD digital camera musical numbers and Björk's heavenly performance.
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UGH! This is by far one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life. After watching this very long, pain inducing flick, I had to remember what fun actually is. That was pretty hard after watching this film lol. It was a complete waste of my time and discussion the next class. Where do I begin, well I just found the whole dancing after a terrible situation to be a huge question mark for me. Yeah I get that fact that she is trying to escape her happy place but come on, are you really going to start skipping happily on death row hugging inmates or dancing in court when you are sentenced to die. These are…
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I'm at a loss with Dancer in the Dark. Between Element of Crime and Dogville, I don't find Von Trier films that resonate with me deep enough that I remember my feelings. After seeing a bootleg copy in 2009 of Antichrist, I went to Dogville and then Breaking the Waves with the expectation that it was going to be rough going for both the films' female leads. I knew also that dialogue would skate back and forth between depressive poetry and perverse young adult morality tale. I knew Bjork's music from an album or two prior to seeing Dancer in the Dark, which I found distracting from the thick melodrama that effects me deeply from Trier's "better" work. I knew…
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