Five Obstructions

Five Obstructions

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Cast: Lars von Trier, Jørgen Leth, Jacqueline Arenal, Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez

     
 

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Danish auteur Lars von Trier directs the documentary-of-sorts The Five Obstructions (De Fem Benspænd). In 2001, von Trier convinces veteran filmmaker Jørgen Leth to create five remakes of his 1967 short The Perfect Human. Calling himself the Obstructor, von Trier orders Leth to make his films in various parts of the world with extremely specificSee more details below

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Danish auteur Lars von Trier directs the documentary-of-sorts The Five Obstructions (De Fem Benspænd). In 2001, von Trier convinces veteran filmmaker Jørgen Leth to create five remakes of his 1967 short The Perfect Human. Calling himself the Obstructor, von Trier orders Leth to make his films in various parts of the world with extremely specific demands. For instance, the first film must be shot in Cuba with no set with only 12 frames per shot. The five remakes-within-the-film are "The Perfect Human: Bombay," "The Perfect Human: Brussels," "The Perfect Human: Cartoon," "The Perfect Human: Cuba," and "The Perfect Human: Avedøre, Denmark." Each has its own set of ridiculous limitations created by von Trier. The Five Obstructions was shown at the Sundance Film Festival as part of a special screening.

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A truly unclassifiable film from one of cinema's most unpredictable talents, The Five Obstructions is actually one of Danish director Lars von Trier's milder provocations. The movie's launching point is The Perfect Human, a 1967 short by veteran director Jørgen Leth. Von Trier instructs Leth to remake the movie several times, each time with a new set of arbitrary restrictions aimed at limiting the director's creativity. The results run the gamut from the bracing ("Perfect Human: Cuba") to the banal ("Perfect Human: Brussels"). Von Trier's exercise offers an intriguing look into the artistic process, particularly how limitation can be an inspirational force. Not surprisingly, "Perfect Human: Brussels" is the worst of Leth's variations, having been made under no restrictions from von Trier. More valuable than The Five Obstructions' meditation on creativity, however, is the unusual insight the movie provides into von Trier himself. Playing the puckish devil throughout, he reveals himself to be as manipulative and sadistic as his punishing movies tip him to be. Just as Leth puts man under a microscope in his chilly original, so does von Trier subject his idol Leth to withering scrutiny. By the end, he concedes that he has failed to break down Leth -- that it is Leth, in fact, who has obstructed him. If there is such a thing as a lacerating tribute, this is it.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2014
UPC:
0738329128029
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
48,738

Special Features

Jørgen Leth's 1967 short film, The Perfect Human; Director's commentary by Jørgen Leth; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jørgen Leth The Man
Lars von Trier Participant
Jacqueline Arenal Woman 1
Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez The Man
Patrick Bauchau The Man
Alexandra Van Der Noot The Woman
Claus Nissen The Man
Maiken Algren The Woman
Vivian Rosa Woman 2
Burt Christensen The Gangster
Marie Dejaer The Maid
Stina Ekblad The Woman With Money
Anders Hove The Naked Man
Melanie Munt Body Double
Meschell Perez The Couple
Pascal Perez The Couple
Charlotte Sieling The Naked Woman

Technical Credits
Lars von Trier Director,Screenwriter
Jørgen Leth Director,Screenwriter
Mainstream ApS Sound/Sound Designer
Henning Camre Camera Operator
Marianne Christensen Casting
Henning Christiansen Score Composer
Magdalena Coamano Makeup
Randy Cole Animator
Lars Dela Consultant/advisor
Jennifer Drummond Animator
Flat Black Films Animator
Holly Louise Fisher Animator
Amrit Gangar Production Manager
Magdelena Garcia Casting,Production Manager
Knud Hauge Editor
Tom Heene Production Manager
Morten Højbjerg Editor
Dan Holmberg Cinematographer
Carsten Holst Producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen Executive Producer
Ole John Camera Operator,Screenwriter
Laterna Film For Kortfilmrådet Producer
Michael Layne Animator
Hans Moller Sound/Sound Designer
Hans Møller Sound/Sound Designer
Nicole Mora Executive Producer
Gerald Morin Executive Producer
Katy O'Connor Animator
Susan Sabiston Animator
Lisa Schonker Makeup
Camilla Skousen Editor
Patrick Thornton Animator
Marc-Henri Wajnberg Executive Producer
Vibeke Windeløv Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Five Obstructions
1. Obstruction #1
2. Havana
3. The Perfect Human Havana
4. Obstruction #2
5. Bombay
6. The Perfect Human Bombay
7. Obstruction #3
8. Brussels
9. The Perfect Human Brussels
10. Obstruction #4
11. Port-au-Prince
12. The Perfect Human Cartoon
13. Obstruction #5
14. Help Jørgen Leth Project
15. The Perfect Human
16. Credits

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