History Creator / LarsVonTrier

17th Jan '16 12:52:06 PM MarkLungo
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->"Welcome to the universe of Lars von Trier, where babies falling out of windows is the LEAST of your problems!"
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->"Welcome ->''"Welcome to the universe of Lars von Trier, where babies falling out of windows is the LEAST of your problems!"problems!"''

As a director, von Trier is well-known for his extensive use of BlackComedy, his weird ability to make [[EnforcedMethodActing actors perform way beyond]] [[DyeingForYourArt their personal boundaries]], and being one of the writers of the {{Dogme 95}} Manifesto. He also has a tendency to group his films into Trilogies involving similar themes.
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As a director, von Trier is well-known for his extensive use of BlackComedy, his weird ability to make [[EnforcedMethodActing actors perform way beyond]] [[DyeingForYourArt their personal boundaries]], and being one of the writers of the {{Dogme UsefulNotes/{{Dogme 95}} Manifesto. He also has a tendency to group his films into Trilogies involving similar themes.

* {{Dogme 95}}: Co-founder and author of the [[http://pov.imv.au.dk/Issue_10/section_1/artc1A.html Dogme 95 Manifesto and "Vow of Chastity"]] along with fellow Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg. Vinterberg directed the first Dogme film -- Dogme #1 -- ''Film/TheCelebration'', while von Trier directed Dogme #2, ''Film/TheIdiots''.
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* {{Dogme UsefulNotes/{{Dogme 95}}: Co-founder and author of the [[http://pov.imv.au.dk/Issue_10/section_1/artc1A.html Dogme 95 Manifesto and "Vow of Chastity"]] along with fellow Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg. Vinterberg directed the first Dogme film -- Dogme #1 -- ''Film/TheCelebration'', while von Trier directed Dogme #2, ''Film/TheIdiots''.
17th Jan '16 2:41:56 AM BronyoftheOctaves
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* '''HobbesWasRight / HumansAreBastards''': ''''''NO SHIT''''''.
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* '''HobbesWasRight / HumansAreBastards''': ''''''NO SHIT''''''.'''''NO SHIT'''''.
17th Jan '16 2:41:42 AM BronyoftheOctaves
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* '''HobbesWasRight / HumansAreBastards''': ''''''NO SHIT''''''.
29th Nov '15 8:15:55 AM Ghidra15
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** The "USA, Land of Opportunity" Trilogy pares things down further, verging on {{Minimalism}} as sets and most props are eliminated. We follows Grace, another Cutie continuously broken throughout a skewed, [[{{Satire}} satirical]] America.
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** The "USA, Land of Opportunity" Trilogy pares things down further, verging on {{Minimalism}} as sets and most props are eliminated. We follows Grace, another Cutie continuously broken throughout a skewed, [[{{Satire}} satirical]] America. As of 2015, only two films of the trilogy have been made, making this perhaps an OrphanedSeries.
29th Nov '15 8:14:26 AM Ghidra15
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** The "Golden Hearts" Trilogy each features an [[TheCutie innocent, pure]] [[AlwaysFemale female protagonist]] pitted against [[BreakTheCutie insurmountable odds]]. ** The "USA, Land of Opportunity" Trilogy follows Grace, another Cutie continuously broken throughout a skewed, [[{{Minimalism}} Minimalist]] America. ** And The "Depression" Trilogy stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and is about, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, guess.]]
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** The "Golden Hearts" Trilogy eschews the technical precision of the "Europa" Trilogy and refocuses on, to use Lars' words, "Honesty"; each film is shot with rough cinematography with a hand-held, restlessly moving camera, and features an [[TheCutie innocent, pure]] [[AlwaysFemale female protagonist]] pitted against [[BreakTheCutie insurmountable odds]].odds]]. It's probably for these films that Lars is the most famous. ** The "USA, Land of Opportunity" Trilogy pares things down further, verging on {{Minimalism}} as sets and most props are eliminated. We follows Grace, another Cutie continuously broken throughout a skewed, [[{{Satire}} satirical]] America. ** The "USA, Land of Opportunity" Trilogy follows Grace, another Cutie continuously broken throughout a skewed, [[{{Minimalism}} Minimalist]] America. ** And The "Depression" Trilogy utilizes the most technical wizardry since the "Europa" Trilogy, stars Charlotte Gainsbourg Gainsbourg, and is about, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, guess.]]
28th Nov '15 11:42:23 PM Ghidra15
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* CompellingVoice: Used in ''The Element of Crime'' by an unnamed Hypnotist on the protagonist, [[HowWeGotHere who proceeds to relate the story]]. In ''Europa'', it's used by TheNarrator Creator/MaxVonSydow...and is used to [[MassHypnosis hypnotize the audience]].
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* CompellingVoice: Used in ''The Element of Crime'' by an unnamed Hypnotist on the protagonist, [[HowWeGotHere who proceeds to relate the story]]. In ''Europa'', it's used by TheNarrator Creator/MaxVonSydow...and is used to [[MassHypnosis hypnotize the audience]].

** The "Europa" Trilogy deals with, yes, Europe, specifically the precarious sociopolitical positions it was left in in the aftermaths of WWII and the Cold War. The films also work as a deconstruction of FilmNoir, and contain a recurring theme of Hypnotism.
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** The "Europa" Trilogy deals with, yes, Europe, specifically the precarious sociopolitical positions it was left in in the aftermaths of WWII and the Cold War. The films also work as a deconstruction of FilmNoir, and contain a recurring theme of Hypnotism.Hypnotism as a storytelling device.
19th Nov '15 2:59:37 PM Ghidra15
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* CompellingVoice: Used in ''The Element of Crime'' by an unnamed Hypnotist on the protagonist, [[HowWeGotHere who proceeds to relate the story]]. In ''Europa'', it's used by TheNarrator Creator/MaxVonSydow...and is used to [[MassHypnosis hypnotize the audience]].

** The "Europa" Trilogy deals with, yes, Europe, specifically the precarious sociopolitical positions it was left in in the aftermaths of WWII and the Cold War. The films also work as a deconstruction of FilmNoir, and contain a strong theme of Hypnotism.
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** The "Europa" Trilogy deals with, yes, Europe, specifically the precarious sociopolitical positions it was left in in the aftermaths of WWII and the Cold War. The films also work as a deconstruction of FilmNoir, and contain a strong recurring theme of Hypnotism.
19th Nov '15 2:51:29 PM Ghidra15
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* {{Trilogy}}: Overlaps with ThematicSeries. The "Europa" Trilogy deals with, yes, Europe, specifically its precarious sociopolitical position in the aftermath of WWII and the Cold War. The "Golden Hearts" Trilogy each features an [[TheCutie innocent, pure]] [[AlwaysFemale female protagonist]] pitted against [[BreakTheCutie insurmountable odds]]. The "USA, Land of Opportunity" Trilogy follows Grace, another Cutie continuously broken throughout a skewed, [[{{Minimalism}} Minimalist]] America, and The "Depression" Trilogy stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and is about, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, guess.]]
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* {{Trilogy}}: Overlaps with ThematicSeries. To date, Lars has made four: ** The "Europa" Trilogy deals with, yes, Europe, specifically its the precarious sociopolitical position positions it was left in in the aftermath aftermaths of WWII and the Cold War. The films also work as a deconstruction of FilmNoir, and contain a strong theme of Hypnotism. ** The "Golden Hearts" Trilogy each features an [[TheCutie innocent, pure]] [[AlwaysFemale female protagonist]] pitted against [[BreakTheCutie insurmountable odds]]. odds]]. ** The "USA, Land of Opportunity" Trilogy follows Grace, another Cutie continuously broken throughout a skewed, [[{{Minimalism}} Minimalist]] America, and America. ** And The "Depression" Trilogy stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and is about, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, guess.]]
1st Sep '15 3:22:55 PM MarkLungo
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* {{Minimalism}}: Beginning with ''Breaking the Waves'', von Trier began a process of paring his films down to their essentials. ''The Idiots'' and aforementioned ''Breaking the Waves'' began by eschewing SpecialEffects and slick photography and focusing on character and story instead. ''Dancer in the Dark'' continued the trend, while streamlining characterization and plotting to a level of simplicity reminiscent of the [[SilentAgeOfHollywood Silent Era]]. ''Dogville'' and ''Manderlay'' eliminated sets and most props, filming everything on a large soundstage with buildings marked by lines of chalk. And finally ''Antichrist'' brought it all down to only two actors engaged in a series of Mind Games, though it did make use of some CGI. ''Melancholia'' and ''Nymphomaniac'' bring things back to a level of sophistication not seen since ''Breaking the Waves'', though the characters are still as broadly drawn as they've been since ''Dancer in the Dark''. [[{{Jerkass}} And almost]] [[DysfunctionJunction uniformly unpleasant.]]
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* {{Minimalism}}: Beginning with ''Breaking the Waves'', von Trier began a process of paring his films down to their essentials. ''The Idiots'' and aforementioned ''Breaking the Waves'' began by eschewing SpecialEffects and slick photography and focusing on character and story instead. ''Dancer in the Dark'' continued the trend, while streamlining characterization and plotting to a level of simplicity reminiscent of the [[SilentAgeOfHollywood [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfHollywood Silent Era]]. ''Dogville'' and ''Manderlay'' eliminated sets and most props, filming everything on a large soundstage with buildings marked by lines of chalk. And finally ''Antichrist'' brought it all down to only two actors engaged in a series of Mind Games, though it did make use of some CGI. ''Melancholia'' and ''Nymphomaniac'' bring things back to a level of sophistication not seen since ''Breaking the Waves'', though the characters are still as broadly drawn as they've been since ''Dancer in the Dark''. [[{{Jerkass}} And almost]] [[DysfunctionJunction uniformly unpleasant.]]

9th Aug '15 10:39:55 PM NWolfman
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* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: He's criticized the American media for this, saying that political correctness was another way of saying "fear of talking."
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