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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…
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…
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.
This would be my fourth film from Lars von Trier (if you count Nymphomaniac as two separate films, that is). Thus far it's certainly my favourite, though that's more for appreciation than actual enjoyment.
It's obviously not a film I went in expecting to "enjoy", but even in terms of emotional resonance it left much to be desired with me. I like films to have an emotional impact on me, as weird as that is, I like to get upset at the tragedies of the characters. But for me, Dancer in the Dark just kind of made me a bit, well, gloomy. An uncomfortable watch for most of its runtime and never shying away from being emotionally manipulative whenever it…
~Apart of my December Challenge~ [12/100]
Sometimes the cinematography took away from my emotions (the "documentary" cameras, and the lack of a 1960's feel for a movie set in that time), so I didn't cry as much as I should've. Nevertheless, it was still really good and original.
Standing maudlin head
Dancer in the Dark is one of the saddest movies I've ever watched. Björk gave a truly powerful performance, and makes me wish she had acted in more movies. The songs in this movie are excellent, and "I've Seen It All" may be my favourite song in a movie of all time. The musical sequences well very uniquely done, with loads of stationary cameras filming simultaneously. The editing was a bit jerky, which is sort of a signature of Lars von Trier. Another signature of his is the handheld Dogme 95 style of shooting, with a bit of a gritty look to it, which in my opinion, fit the movie pretty well.
Phenomenal performance from Björk. One for the all time halls. Absolutely beautiful and devastating. Just go read FilmApe's review, he says it all.
I've never seen something so shocking, so raw, so full of truth and yet have musical numbers. This is a special film. It is something that I attach to at levels where it does not make me cry, but it rocks the insides.
I love Lars von Trier and I also love Björk.
I hate musicals, but I loved this movie. ;-)
Get prepared to cry two gallons!!!
But it's not everyday that you cry because of von Trier!!!
As Bjork's unique voice wafts and cuts above the flow of lo-fi digital images, it is difficult to deny the strange and powerful cumulative affect of Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark. Released in 2000, two years after his only Dogma 95 film The Idiots, Dancer in the Dark represents the director at his most scathing, playful, and divisive. In fact it is the dissonance of the first two adjectives that resulted in the third. At the time of its release, it seemed that the entire range of emotions were had by critics in response to the film. Strong political statements and overwhelming emotions rarely mix well for critics, given their sensitivity and wariness to manipulation.
Lars von Trier…
- 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!
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game