Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Lars Von Trier (i)

Preliminary to a review on Antichrist.

Lars is a funny one. Yes, that is Brit (vern).

Take Dogville. I assume many of you have watched Dogville? Maybe I assume too much.

Anyway, it is a wonderfully insidious and invidious film. It actively turns the watcher into someone who connives at genocide. Unless you're me.

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Clearing the Air.

I have a film review scoring system. Most films I score either 0/10 or 1/10. I've never given 10/10. If I saw a film that good, I'd probably die in the watching of it.

Films (good films) like (let me think of of a couple of ones we all know for reference)...

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. 3/10
Don't Look Now. 4/10
Casino Royale (new version). 1/10
Laurence of Arabia. 6/10
Once Upon A Time in the West 5/10
Winter Light. 8/10
Bicycle Thieves. 8/10
Ordet. 8/10
Through A Glass Darkly. 6/10
The Silence. 7/10.
etc
etc
Mirror. 9/10
Andrei Rublov 8/10
Offret 8/10 (but with personal bias on top)
Solaris 6/10
Nostalghia 6/10
Stalker 7/10
Ivan's Childhood 5/10
etc
etc
Vargstimmt 6/10 - but a handful of scenes are worth 9/10
etc
etc
Dogville 6/10

He, Lars (maybe unfortunately) IS the 'best director' living, who is working within the tradition of film. I include the caveat of 'tradition' intentionally.



Just clearing my brain and the air before I put thoughts on Antichrist onto imaginary paper.




p.s. please technical minded people, look at the post before this.

4 comments:

Mossy Mom said...

I have not watched most of those and don't know what dogville is but perhaps I should watch "Stalker"

la said...

I have seen Dogville. Which makes you, me and my chum Ben (who works for Cinecitta and thus sees every film released.) So that makes three.

David said...

Stalker is v good - mesmerising - nothing to do with stalking people though.

What did you make of Dogville, Lorna? I found it interesting to feel how I was being emotionally manipulated to applaud the atrocity at the end. And plenty of themes in there: master/slave morality, the way good and evil reverse depending on the height one looks down or up, not to mention all the heavy-handed spurned redeemer schtick. And LvT does have an obsession with millwheels - I think he has Matthew verse whichever on the brain (because there are always children involved):

"And he who harms one hair of the heads of my little ones, better for him that a millwheel be thrown about his neck, and he be cast into the depths of the sea..." sorry, misquoting from memory, but near enough I hope.

David said...

Matthew 18:6

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Close but no cigar.