Yet another year with yet another update.
2012 version can be found here.
2013 version can be found here.
Director Lars von Trier depicts the vivid moral informative film about the ruthlessness of civil society. Filmed in a minimalist style, that until recently was unrecognized, the Danish filmmaker depicts the quite familiar themes of guilt and forgiveness, good and evil, and the moral chasm of humanity.
"Evil can arise anywhere, as long as the situation is right." So says Lars von Trier on his own quiet, sly and quite frankly brilliant work, Dogville. A simple clean stage and a camera that focuses on nothing more than what it needs to, placed perfectly as if we're watching a book unfold. Classical music plays and a calming narrator reads text loaded with its own deeply dark edge of humor, as a tale of natural human vileness unfolds with an unmatched originality and extreme minimalistic beauty.
Dogville is dirty, harsh, dark and grim, and the slow decent into this in the almost three hour run time is disheartening in its human cruelty - made not unbearable by only the…
I’m blurting this review out just minutes after watching. Something I don’t normally do, but I just can’t contain myself, and know I’m going to have to re-watch more than once to write a proper one. Please excuse the ramblings.
Dogville has been hanging over my head for a while now. As per my usual practice, I tried to avoid any pre knowledge. All I knew is that a: it was Lars Von Trier, b: it was 3 hours long, c: it starred Nicole Kidman, and d: worst of all, it had ShakyCam. Not a good start. I have a mixed history with Von Trier, and I’ve only seen two of his films, Melancholia, which I quite liked, but was…
Holy hell. Dogville is as close to a visceral, visual depiction of pure, unfocused hatred as I have ever seen. It is not depressing, it is not sad, it's just mean. It is not misogynist, misandrist, or even anti-American; this is misanthropy, plain and simple. Here is the reduction of the flaws within every living human into their vilest essence, turning mankind into little more than, you guessed it, a dog - one that doesn't know right from wrong, and one that must be dissuaded from instinct and nature to perform in ways deemed appropriate by self-proclaimed moral superiors. Thus returns the familiar question of 'why' behind the film's production - as far as I can tell, the 'why' is…
Those who remember my half a star ‘Melancholia’ review of a few weeks back know how I’m fully capable of hating on Lars von Tier, self-proclaimed legendary filmmaker with a catalogue featuring some of the strangest films (that are actually being watched) in modern history. For me to dislike something to the extent that I rate it that low, something about the movie must entirely put me off and only an extremely bad or an extremely good director can do so in my book. Lars von Tier is the latter kind of film-maker and proves to be so with this 2003 career-output: ‘Dogville’. Set forth in nine chapters and a prologue, it chronicles the years spend in the titular village…
Part lovely fable, part moral archaeology, part mirror, it delivers a scathing judgment on human nature, moral righteousness, greed and selfishness. And that isn't the half of it. An overt condemnation of consumerism, capitalism, and American imperialism, it lambasts every part of human nature exploited by capitalist societies.
It explores all of this in the form of a fable about Grace, a young woman of privilege who escapes to all-American small town Dogville, where the simple people living in hard times are romanticized to the point where Grace fails to see their human failings and forgives them anything because she owes them and because she is arrogant enough to believe that people living through hard times should be forgiven for…
Limitations spark creativity.
What looks to be lacking actually enriches the overall experience; Dogville embraces its bare surroundings by having the focus lie solely on its terrific acting and story. The 3 hour length is carried rather well and the strange world might appear two dimensional in form, but it feels anything but. It's actually more difficult to compare Dogville to other films due to its distinct barren soundstage style and yet, it stands well on its own; so much is told with so little, you hate the characters you used to love and you realize that stripping a film from appealing aesthetics can be as rewarding as watching anything with spectacular settings. However, I am not totally satisfied with…
Lars von Trier’s experimental tour de force is one of his most controversial pieces, and whether or not you agree with its scathingly anti-American sentiment, it’s impossible discredit its boldness, originality and discussion-raising qualities. More than anything in a film, I respect subversiveness and provocation. This is one of the reasons which Lars von Trier is one of my favorite filmmakers, and while all of his films are of this nature, Dogville ranks among his best because of just how bravely it expresses its themes and how hard it hits.
The film’s setting is a small American town where the people appear to be genuinely good and honest. The town is not really there however — the movie takes place…
Viewed on DVD
I had purchased Dogville on DVD many years ago.
I know I bought it used, but from where, I'm not very sure.
I had bought it because it received very good reviews from critics and from everyone I knew who had seen it.
It had sat on my shelf for over 10 years.
Everytime picked it up to watch it, the running time made me put it back on the shelf.
I knew nothing of the plot except that the film was shot like a play.
I'm happy I finally decided to watch it.
It's different, it's memerable, it's dark and it's thought provoking.
Very good, but disturbing.
After 12 days of alcohol and drugs, Dogville script was born. Mr. Trier said in the danish newspaper that only script he wrote being sober was Nymphomaniac and it took 1,5 years! Now i can better understand what the hell was going on in Antichrist lol.
I've always found it a little funny that 'God' spelled backwards is 'dog', and certainly this film puts quite the poetic twist on this notion - it's as though some of these "dog(s)" are an inversion or rejection of God's values figuratively the same way it is literally. These "dogs" happen to be none other than humans, spawns of a loving God (as von Trier puts it if you so choose to believe). This bold and scathing cynicism is what makes Lars von Trier's 'Dogville' such a poignant parable; to call it a parable in itself seems to suggest how pertinent it is to humanity and we humans ourselves, and boy is it great.
The way all the characters and…
#22 of Hulu Film Festival. By far the breeziest 3-hour film I've seen, despite its grim-as-fuck subject matter as well as the brilliant decision on my part to start watching it at 12:30am when I couldn't get any sleep. Brilliant cast, and the stage conceit works wonders when the titular citizens start baring their teeth. Marginally prefer Dancer to this, but I was honestly astonished by how much I enjoyed this in my sleep deprived state!
This is very hard to watch although it is by no means a bad movie. It's chilling and powerful in the way it depicts what humans are capable of given the right circumstances. If the fact that you will probably feel very uncomfortable watching this doesn't put you off you should definitely see this movie.
Be prepared (as if it was possible) to see a complete new frame... or the LACK of frame...
Be prepared to see a new language.
For me it is for sure Von Trier's masterpiece!!!
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…