* LoveItOrHateIt: Lars von Trier is in the running for the filmmaker to most sharply divide opinion. You either think he's a brilliant artist who singlehandedly reinvented Cinema, or you think he's a hateful, misogynistic one-trick-pony that lives to make audiences as miserable as his characters.
** To drive this point home, ''The Movie Show's'' Margaret Pomeranz gave ''Dancer in the Dark'' 5 stars out of 5, while her partner, David Stratton, gave it ''zero stars''. That was the only time that'd happened in the history of the show. Lars is a '''very''' polarizing character.
* MagnumOpus: Generally agreed upon to be ''Breaking the Waves''. At the very least, it's one of his only works that has actually achieved a degree of Critical Consensus.
** Some may cite ''Dancer in the Dark'' or even ''Nymphomaniac'' as this as well.
* SmallNameBigEgo: The amount of things that von Trier has said in the past would probably fill a page and half but notable examples have included telling Creator/PeterJackson that he would have made a better ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' adaptation and saying he understood UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler while at the Cannes Film Festival (Nazism is a touchy subject in France) which led to a lifetime ban from the festival. Then again, he's pretty infamous for saying things like this, so he's probably just {{trolling}}.
* TrueArtIsAngsty: Lars didn't invent this game, but he now owns it the way Tiger Woods owns golf.

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