Creator: Lars von Trier

"Welcome to the universe of Lars von Trier, where babies falling out of windows is the LEAST of your problems!"

Lars von Trier is a Danish avant-garde writer-director, born in 1956. A notorious proponent of Melodrama, his works are often considered to be heavily on the cynical side of the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism, often to the point of nihilism. His films are often considered to have emotional pain and depression as their central themes, and just as often portray humankind as inherently evil creatures that are more than happy to exploit, torment and ultimately destroy the few kind and selfless individuals in the world. Do bear in mind that this is the popular stereotype of his work, and in fact his films have taken a variety of approaches, though a focus on Angst is frequently present.

As a director, von Trier is well-known for his extensive use of Black Comedy, his weird ability to make actors perform way beyond 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.

The "von" in his name does not come from German nobility, but is in fact an in-jokish nickname von Trier had amongst his fellow students in film school. He ultimately decided to keep the nickname to pay homage to Erich von Stroheim and Josef von Sternberg, who also added their "von" later in life.

His more shocking work is sometimes classified as Euroshlock.

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