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…
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…
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…
Stage Play, Documentary
Black warehouse. Labeled. Small town. Realistic, but Stylized.
Lars Von Trier excellently and ingeniously creates a dark, sinister and honest depiction of the Land of Opportunity with Dogville. The director uses a minimalist soundstage for the entire film, but he still achieves to showcase compelling storytelling and cinematography. From the opening shot of Dogville you realize that you are going to experience something exceptional, and the film surely does deliver excellence throughout its nearly three-hour long runtime. Nicole Kidman's performance is also great and the rest of the cast work terrifically with the film's minimalist style and dark motifs.
Dogville is a film like nothing I have ever seen before. Although the entire film takes place on a soundstage, it's consistently unique and engaging, and that is a truly great achievement.
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A very different type of film making and a lot better then I thought it would be. Dogville is a very powerful film with a very clear message about human nature. I can see why it made the official selection at the Cannes film festival 2003.
The whole film is amazingly acted considering the whole film is set on a stage with very barely any sets. The ending of the film is very well deserved and kinda amazing in a weird way.
Dogville is an Art Film™.
There is no valid negative criticism of an Art Film™. If you dislike an Art Film™ you simply don't appreciate Art™.
Here it is a nine-chapter theatrical piece of cinema plus an outstanding prologue that appeals audiences at the very beginning. In his 2003 feature, Lars von Trier challenges the real art of cinematic fiction. Cinema is always a kind of fiction with fictional characters, events, facts, and so on. But what if its scale of fiction is elevated to the extreme, so that it reaches a domain of reality in which the real resides in the virtual? It’s some kind of a wow feeling aroused within.
Visual challenge and poetic, philosophical lines of words by Lars von Trier actually make me retract my earlier judgement on him which is slightly negative due to the movie Melancholia.
lol a writer would have a bigger desk
theatre looks like night time all the time
uses classical orchestra music like theatre
walking around the set to watch the play
imagine if the set was real and walking around to watch the play
he trusts her because she is female and pretty
what does someone look like who hasn’t eaten in a while when they eat something for the first time
he’s being nice soley because she’s hot
the only black woman wants to do it for the community, do they shun her?
normally walking down the street no one indoors can hear you describing them, on a set however there are no walls so the people indoors can hear…
Lars von Trier has recently admitted that he wrote the screenplay for Dogville on a 12-day drug binge. Which explains how he could mistake "profound" for "tub-thumpingly blatant and nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is".
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Boy, Von Trier is like an abusive relationship, isn't he? I really loved Nymphomaniac 1, drawing me into Main Character's life with hope for her to find her own way and then Nympho 2 struts up and utterly crushes my beloved Main Character. Dogville did me the same way.
I apparently knew nothing about this film because I expected more of a movie and this is really a play with some filmish transitions. The town layout as stage was fun, but afforded little in the way of visual interest. That combined with the continuing plunge into human misery means Dogville was a serious downer. Good cast, well acted and just yuck.
Also, I hold John Hurt complicit in the abuse, as he is a very agreeable narrator.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).