The Cinema of Lars von Trier: Authenticity and Artifice

Overview

Lars von Trier is one of the most controversial figures of contemporary European cinema. Since founding the back-to-basics Dogme philosophy of filmmaking in 1995, von Trier's name has become a by-word for taboo-breaking cinema. As a director, he has courted media controversy through films such as The Idiots (1998), with its unsimulated sex and non-conformist politics, and through his complex relationships with actresses such as Bjork and Nicole Kidman, from whom he coaxed career-best performances in Dancer in the...
See more details below
Paperback (New Edition)
$25.00
BN.com price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $10.18   
  • New (6) from $13.93   
  • Used (7) from $10.18   
Sending request ...

Overview

Lars von Trier is one of the most controversial figures of contemporary European cinema. Since founding the back-to-basics Dogme philosophy of filmmaking in 1995, von Trier's name has become a by-word for taboo-breaking cinema. As a director, he has courted media controversy through films such as The Idiots (1998), with its unsimulated sex and non-conformist politics, and through his complex relationships with actresses such as Bjork and Nicole Kidman, from whom he coaxed career-best performances in Dancer in the Dark (2000) and Dogville (2003) respectively. Analysing these films as well as recent works such as The Five Obstructions (2004) and The Boss of It All (2006), this study forges a new understanding of the founder of Dogme 95 as a great democratiser of cinema in the digital age, presenting von Trier as one of the most daring cinematic exponents of postmodern politics and satire.

About the Author:
Caroline Bainbridge is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Roehampton University

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

The speciality of this British press is film, and this series covers international directors for an academic audience. Danish director Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark; Dogville) helped found the Dogme 95 philosophy of filmmaking, which swears a "vow of chastity," demanding location shooting, handheld camera work, no special effects or optical filters, and a ban on "superficial action." This critical study describes von Trier as an enigma but acknowledges his significant contributions to digital filmmaking and improvisational work with actors. Key themes and concerns in the films are identified, but the book is heavily laced with academic references, potentially confusing for those who haven't seen the films; and it isn't likely to arouse much interest in the director's work. Another volume in the series, due in August, is The Cinema of Sally Potter. It focuses on a woman's vision and may be of broader interest.
—Stephen Rees

CHOICE

[A] splendid study... Highly recommended.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905674435
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press
  • Publication date: 12/13/2007
  • Series: Directors' Cuts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     ix
From 'Enfant Terrible' to 'Punk Auteur': An Evolution of Technique and Style     1
The 'Europa' Trilogy
Visions of History     25
Ethics, Idealism and Identity     44
Transformation: TV/Film
Reading The Kingdom: Authenticity, Artifice and the Postmodern Struggle     63
Dogme 95 and the 'Gold Heart' Trilogy
A New Vision?: Dogme 95 and the Digital Revolution     83
Narrative Structure, Narrative Codes and Questions of Genre and Spectatorship     102
Screening Difference in the 'Gold Heart' Trilogy     121
Experimentation at the Boundaries
A Trilogy in the Making: Dogville and Manderlay     141
From Provocateur to Puppeteer: The Five Obstructions, The Boss of It All and the Advance Party     157
Statements and Manifestos     167
Notes     177
Filmography     185
Bibliography     193
Index     204
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)