Movies that are slightly off.
A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace (Nicole Kidman) hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so Grace works hard under the employ of various townspeople to win their favor. Tensions flare, however, and Grace's status as a helpless outsider provokes vicious contempt and abuse from the citizens of Dogville.
"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…
I have tried to think up a review but I just can't convey my thoughts. This one is just... I mean, I liked it a great deal -- but at the same time it was horrible and made me want to die? It's a believable and slow descent into horrors, but the unconventional nature of its construction makes it almost frightening.
It's like that time I tried shrooms. It was mellow and subdued, but still terrifying.
Is any of this making any sense?
Film #28/Task #27
An Avant-Garde film.
I'm a fan of Von Trier, for sure, despite only seeing a couple of his films. And the premise of this one is so strange and I was completely invested in it from the beginning. It adds a very voyeuristic lens to everything that you see happening with all of the cast in the background that you, the viewer, can see, but the characters can't.
Nicole Kidman's Grace is so tortured and every action taken by her and because of her and upon her is given some sort of rationalization that (somehow) is believable within the odd and often fantastic atmosphere of Dogville. It's harrowing in a lot of ways, and Von Trier gets great performances from his entire ensemble.
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Film #25 of April 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #27 : An Avant-Garde feature film.
I thought Dogville was going to be something completely different and heavens, it wasn't. Well it actually was consider how Trier's movie is filmed as if it were live theater, focusing more on this cast of sinister and two faced characters than anything else. That is what is special about this. For three hours we're placed in Dogville, a remote Colorado town with All American citizens. Once a disruption arrives in the town, in an American way, they use and abuse to get things they want. Critics and others have looked at this piece as un-American. That may have been the case then but we're in 2016 and I think this has a great relevance all over again. Just my two cents.
An intelligent and shockingly dark view on the truth of humanity with a spectacular performance from Nicole Kidman.
Dogville is a cinematic achievement. One of the greatest films ever made.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There's a lot of allegory here, a lot of things I haven't even begun to unravel (not least Grace's conversation in the car at the end). But on a personal level, it really made me think about how I'm leading my life in two ways:
Is there anything I'm doing that I'm prepared to be wilfully blind about?
Am I taking my life for granted? Was I originally thinking that I didn't need anything doing, but now I can't bear for it to leave and ended up with a paradoxical chaining instead?
Fuck worrying about grand declarative statements, this may be one of the best things I’ve watched. Perhaps because it appeals to so many of my most entrenched fascinations – DECONSTRUCTING SMALL TOWN AMERICA!!! – and I so incredibly adore/empathise with it in its youthful creative bravado, literally filming a play whose small-town world is signified almost entirely by chalk lines, and then committing to the wonderful, (loud) metaphorical possibility that it entails: chalk lines as psychological demarcations, chalk lines as imaginary walls and barriers so we as an audience see all the behaviour exposed and perhaps begin to suspect that deep in the psyche of these inhabitants they all know and see right through each other too, chalk lines for…
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Lars Von Trier makes a Christ parable, and very typically for a Von Trier film he ends up getting very anti-Christian and nihilistic about everything. Normally those are films I like very much, but here it all seems a bit overblown.
There's still a lot about this that I like. It's set like a stageplay so it takes place on a giant soundstage with all the houses in this fictional town drawn in chalk. It's all set up for a particularly horrifying moment halfway through where the lack of walls and boundaries suddenly make sense.
There's also a theme of repetition that works really well despite the really icky context of why it's happening. Characters tend to repeat themselves a…
Quentin Tarantino's favorite films based on the internet pulled from multiple sources.