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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 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…
/tv/ Film Club Week Three: Bjork
In a musical, nothing dreadful ever happens.
Dancer in the Dark is a film that I opened myself up to. Fully. I desperately wanted this to be the Von Trier film that would turn me on to his style, but I found that it actually closed itself off to me and shoved me further away when it comes to understanding the infamous director.
Dancer in the Dark was not a bad experience, but a rather underwhelming one considering the high praise I constantly hear about it. Admittedly I went in to the film carrying 3 (kind of) negative variables:
1. I hadn't warmed to Von Trier yet
2. I don't really…
A devastating, yet beautiful movie about the destruction of beauty, and loss of innocence. Björk shines in the lead role, and the musical numbers are great, especially the "I've seen it all"-number.
Recommended and shit.
"it's the last song. They don't know us, you see. It's only the last song if we let it be."
Lars Von Trier wrote and directed a genre blending experimental one of a kind film with Dancer in the Dark. A film that carries a heavy emotional subtext which few films do nowadays.
Dancer in the Dark is been describe as a musical, to be fair there is true in that, but to me feels more like a documentary, Lars Von Trier opting to use digital video instead of film, made me feel more like participant than an…
Witness the awesomeness of Bjork.
The most depressing film I've ever seen.
This is perhaps one of the most severe and devastating psychological experiences I've ever had while watching a film.
Dancer in the Dark is a shattering, unrestrained and almost unspeakable emotional roller-coaster following Selma, a young Czech woman going blind who moves to America trying to save up money for her son's operation so he wouldn't suffer the same fate. She works heavy labour in a factory but through her spirited and imaginative mind she sees it all as a musical, resulting in some startlingly surreal sequences. The film is shot in a grim cinéma vérité style with constant use of hand-held, shaky cam and bleak, de-saturated colours which makes the experience all the more involving as well as all…
"Dancer in the Dark" was phenomenal. The last twenty minutes will make you want to weep (as I did) and then go sit in a dark room for the rest of the night thinking about how much of a downer the movie was. Great acting surprise by Bjork, and the style was interesting. Great story though. That's what makes it.
Just short of greatness.
Upon rewatching it, I've decided Dancer in the Dark is my favorite Lars film. And still fucking powerful.
Welcome to Lars von Trier world. Only in his films can you find... a Czechoslovakian factory worker selling pins to fund her son's eye operation, oh, and she is tried for murder, oh, and it's a musical... "Dancer in the Dark" is an odd mixture of high brow ambition and silly melodrama. Sometimes both have an uneasy relationship with each other. Bjork is simply extraordinary in the film. It is her performance that drives the film forward.
I don't understand. In musicals, why do they start to sing and dance all of a sudden? I mean, I don't suddenly start... to sing and dance.
I feel like clarifying once again that I typically hate musicals unless they're odd enough to warrant their musical numbers (Good: Moulin Rouge, Nine. Bad: Rent, Chicago, anything like Glee). And I don't think I knew beforehand that this was more or less a musical. So while watching the beginning of the film, I wasn't particularly having a good time. It's hard to get over Björk's accent and acting and the way she seems to be constantly smiling. But then the first musical number finally happens and I start to think wow I'm…
Finally, von Trier
Makes something that doesn't make
Me want to shower.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game