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Lars Von Trier: Interviews


A collection of interviews with the most intriguing film director to emerge in Denmark since the days of his great mentor in spirit Carl Theodor Dreyer
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A collection of interviews with the most intriguing film director to emerge in Denmark since the days of his great mentor in spirit Carl Theodor Dreyer
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Library Journal
Nicknamed the "Antichrist of Celluloid," Dane Lars von Trier has had a long and controversial film career in Europe, earning four awards at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Palme d'Or for his most widely known work, Dancer in the Dark (2000), starring singer Bjurk. Lumholdt, a freelance film journalist based in Stockholm, attempts to trace the maverick director's development, but the result is not very enlightening. Dating from 1968 to 2001, the interviews-all but two previously published in other languages-are mundane and the interviewee's answers devoid of sincerity; von Trier seems to be trying too hard to live up to his confrontational reputation, so whether discussing his life, typical problems with stars, or the deep meaning of his films, he grates. Most American moviegoers will not recognize von Trier, and these interviews will not inspire them to check him out. Not recommended, though serious foreign film students may be interested.-Rosalind Dayen, Broward Cty. South Regional Lib., Pembroke Pines, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578065325
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 6/16/2003
  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,393,475
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Lumholdt is a freelance journalist in Stockholm. He is a former editor of Cinema, and his work has been published in Film International and Film Comment, as well as in Danish, German, and Swedish periodicals.

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Table of Contents

He'd Rather Watch a Cop Show Than Himself 3
Passion Is the Lifeblood of Cinema 5
We Need More Intoxicants in Danish Cinema 13
Sightseeing with the Holy Ghost 24
A Conversation between Jan Kornum Larsen and Lars von Trier 32
A Conversation with Lars von Trier 47
A Conversation with Lars von Trier 59
A Conversation with Lars von Trier, Henning Bendtsen, and Ernst-Hugo Jaregard 64
A Romance in Decomposition 71
Maniacal Iconoclast of Film Convention 81
Euro Paean 84
Lars von Trier, Director 86
A Stone-Turner from Lyngby 88
I Am Curious, Film: Lars von Trier 100
Edge of Darkness 103
Control and Chaos 106
The Man Who Would Give Up Control 117
Tracing the Inner Idiot 125
Dogme Is Dead! Long Live Song and Dance! 130
Lars von Trier: The Man Who Would Be Dogme 133
Dance in the Dark 144
Lars von Trier Comes Out of the Dark 153
There Will Be No Fun-Poking Today 159
9 A.M., Thursday, September 7, 2000: Lars von Trier 170
Lars von Trier in Dogville 205
Index 213
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2003


    This well-edited, well-translated volume of interviews with the Danish director Lars von Trier is indispensable for American fans of European cinema. The book traces von Trier's career from film school to 'Dogville'--a career characterized by controversy and critical success. Particularly enlightening are the early interviews, in which von Trier humbly pays homage to earlier cinematic masters and expounds his personal, pre-Dogmatic manifesto.

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