Dogville

Dogville

4.6 9
Director: Lars von Trier

Cast: Lars von Trier, Nicole Kidman, John Hurt, Paul Bettany

     
 

Lars von Trier directs an all-star cast in his controversial Dogville, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by von Trier and his cinematographer Anthony DodSee more details below

Overview

Lars von Trier directs an all-star cast in his controversial Dogville, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by von Trier and his cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle. Von Trier is one of the most polarizing figures in world cinema and this commentary track will appeal to his fans and aggravate his detractors in equal measure.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An audacious, provocative film that dazzles many viewers while infuriating others, Dogville is the ideologically skewed but fascinating product of Danish director Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark), who brings his fundamentally anti-American bias to this dark, Depression-era parable. It unfolds in a small Rocky Mountain town where a frightened young woman (Nicole Kidman) seeks refuge from the gangsters following her. Championed by a sympathetic young man (Paul Bettany), she is granted a two-week “trial period” to determine her suitability as a prospective resident of Dogville. The townspeople (especially the males) are suspicious of this taciturn fugitive yet willing to take advantage of her when the opportunity arises. In the manner of Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town, von Trier’s film plays out on a nearly barren stage, with just a few props scattered around and chalk outlines drawn on the floor to represent buildings. The absence of physical trappings are less apparent than one might suspect because the acting is so powerful: Dogville’s cast includes as townspeople such fine supporting players as James Caan, Ben Gazzara, Lauren Bacall, Patricia Clarkson, Jeremy Davies, Stellan Skarsgard, Chloe Sevigny, and Blair Brown, with John Hurt contributing his sonorous tones as a narrator. The director depicts these semi-rural villagers as inherently suspicious, xenophobic, duplicitous, opportunistic, craven, and easily stirred to violence. He brings to this script (which he wrote) what critic Roger Ebert correctly identified as the “ideological subtlety of a raving prophet on a street corner,” and there’s no doubt that many viewers will be turned off by his bleak, hateful characterization of small-town America. But there is undeniable strength and vigor in von Trier’s direction, and remarkable passion in the performances of a varied cast. In short, Dogville is one of those rare movies for which there is no middle ground: People either love it or hate it. But it’s not easily forgotten, and that’s more than can be said for many contemporary movies.
All Movie Guide
Master provocateur Lars von Trier divided audiences with this formally daring film about a woman on the run who finds a worse fate at the hands of her rescuers. Set in Depression-era America, Dogville was filmed on an empty soundstage à la Thornton Wilder's play Our Town, a mounting that literalizes the movie's metaphoric baring of the American soul. Like Emily Watson's Bess in Breaking the Waves and Björk's Selma in Dancer in the Dark, Nicole Kidman's Grace is the latest in a long line of von Trier's sacrificial innocents. Her march to martyrdom comprises the heart of this parable, which comments on the essential hypocrisy and meanness of America. By the climax, however, the movie enlarges its metaphor to suggest a more sweeping critique of human nature. The apocalypse that ends Dogville, signaled by Grace's reunion with her mobster father, carries faint echoes of divine retribution. Ending with a montage of photographs from the Great Depression, von Trier seems to tip his hand toward a more limited reading of his movie, which was denounced by some critics as an anti-American screed. Its political and philosophical subtext aside, Dogville is clearly the act of a filmmaker working with consummate confidence. The writing and the performances can be wooden, but the 177-minute epic remains compulsively, disturbingly watchable. Held together by John Hurt's brilliant narration -- perhaps the finest voice-over in movies since Barry Lyndon -- Dogville is a testament to von Trier's prodigious storytelling skills.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
UPC:
0031398162346
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:57:00
Sales rank:
18,525

Special Features

Commentary by director Lars von Trier and cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle; Closed captioning; 5.1 Dolby Digital

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicole Kidman Grace
John Hurt Narrator
Paul Bettany Tom Edison
Philip Baker Hall Tom Edison Sr.
James Caan The Big Man
Stellan Skarsgård Chuck
Jeremy Davies Bill Henson
Chloë Sevigny Liz Henson
Patricia Clarkson Vera
Ben Gazzara Jack McKay
Blair Brown Mrs. Henson
Lauren Bacall Ma Ginger
Zeljko Ivanek Ben
Harriet Andersson Gloria
Udo Kier The Man in the Coat
Cleo King Olivia
Miles Purinton Jason
Bill Raymond Mr. Henson
Siobhan Fallon-Hogan Martha
Shauna Shim June
Jean-Marc Barr The Man With the Big Hat
Erich Silva Actor
Trinity Stiles Actor
Jimmy Uller Chuck
Cynthia Almeida body double
Ulf Anderson Actor
Max Angervall body double
Robert Arlinder body double
Evelina Brinkemo Athena
Anna Brobeck Olympia
Jan Coster Actor
Eva Ermenz body double
Elisabeth Falk body double
Mattias Fredriksson Actor
Atle Fägersten body double
Andreas Galle Actor
Barry Grant Actor
Niklas Henriksson Actor
Lásl Hágó Actor
Gunnar Johansson body double
Mikael Johansson Actor
Sonny Johnson body double
Hans Karlsson Actor
Susan Ketola body double
Lee R. King Actor
Kirkbakk. Oskar Actor
Sara Klingvall body double
Patricia Page Leandersson body double
Tilde Lindgren Pandora
Cecilia Lindquist body double
Åke Ljung body double
Evelina Lundqvist Diana
Alexandra Mehrstam body double
Sune Myrfalk body double
Helga Olofsson Dahlia
Kent Vikmo Actor
Eric Voge Actor
Ove Wolf Actor
Fafnnette Zetterström body double
Ingvar Örner Actor
Allan Wilson Conductor

Technical Credits
Lars von Trier Director,Camera Operator,Screenwriter
Kollekt APS Agent
B.S. Christiancen & Co. Special Effects
Gillian Berrie Co-producer
Lene Børglum Executive Producer
Bettina Brokemper Co-producer
Arte France Cinema Co-producer
France 3 Cinema Co-producer
Jack Collier Cinematographer
Linda Daae Screenwriter
Anja Dahl Makeup
Louise Drake Set Decoration/Design
Pétur Einarsson Sound Editor
English Score Composer
Tomas Eskilsson Associate Producer
Malte Forssel Consultant/advisor
Peter Garde Executive Producer
Anja Grafers Co-producer
Peter Grant Production Designer
Simone Grau Set Decoration/Design
Peter Hjorth Special Effects Supervisor
Joachim Holbek Musical Arrangement
Marleen Holthuis Makeup
Peter Jensen Special Effects
Peter Aalbæk Jensen Executive Producer
Lars Jönsson Executive Producer
Karl Juliusson Consultant/advisor,Production Designer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Dorothea Lange Cinematographer
Russel Lee Cinematographer
Anthony Dod Mantle Cinematographer
Robert McCann Makeup
Carl Mydans Cinematographer
Joyce Nettles Casting
Lene Nielsen Production Manager
Hanna Nilsson Casting
Turid Øversveen Associate Producer
Edith Film OY Associate Producer
Charlotte Pederson Production Manager
Liisa Pentillä Associate Producer
Manon Rasmussen Costumes/Costume Designer
Anders Refn Asst. Director
Mike Ross-Trevor Sound Mixer
Arthur Rothstein Cinematographer
Peter Ryom Consultant/advisor
Ben Shan Cinematographer
A. Siegel Cinematographer
Sigma Films Ltd/Zoma Ltd Co-producer
Marianne Slot Executive Producer
Molly Malene Stensgaard Editor
Per Streit Sound/Sound Designer
Mari Vaalasranta Makeup
J. Vachon Cinematographer
Anders Valbro Musical Direction/Supervision
Els Van De Vorst Co-producer
Vibeke Windeløv Producer
Tina Winholt Production Manager

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Prologue [8:51]
2. Tom Hears Gunshots and Meets Grace [9:41]
3. Tom Introduces Grace [9:36]
4. Grace Tries to Help the Township [6:55]
5. Grace's First Day of Hard Work [10:14]
6. Grace Interferes With the Townspeople's Secrets [5:24]
7. The Townspeople are Deciding Grace's Future [6:31]
8. Grace Spreads Joy in Dogville [3:31]
9. Law Enforcement Comes to Dogville [3:05]
10. The Day of Celebration [8:35]
11. Grace Becomes More Costly for the Townspeople [15:42]
12. Dogville's True Face [3:32]
13. Rape [5:14]
14. Everybody Turns Against Grace [11:27]
15. Grace Escapes From Dogville [14:23]
16. Exploitation [9:14]
17. Tom Wants to Make Love to Grace [17:54]
18. The Gangsters Come to Dogville [9:32]
19. The Final Illustration [12:43]
20. Credits [5:17]

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