Lars Von Trier – Deconstructing Cinema | CRISWELL | Cinema Cartography

Lars Von Trier – Deconstructing Cinema | CRISWELL | Cinema Cartography

23 thoughts on “Lars Von Trier – Deconstructing Cinema | CRISWELL | Cinema Cartography

  1. I loved this video and I love LVT. I always have to think really hard about his films when I first see them alongside some online research. Antichrist was actually the first movie of his I saw and I'm sort of amazed that didn't shock me out of skipping out on the rest of his films. haha But I love Antichrist, Nymphomaniac, Melancholia, and Dogville. I'm dying to see the rest of his movies, I just need to order them online because my local movie store doesn't seem to have them. I always noticed these things you pointed out in your video, I just never knew how to put them into words. I think it will help me look at his films in a different light when I watch them again (I actually just finished watching Dogville for the second time). I've seen Nymphomaniac like four times already, so it's clearly my favorite. I just love how he writes his female characters, and I could strangely relate to Jo in Nymphomaniac even though I don't consider myself to be a sex addict.

  2. Cinema and the whole art of filmmaking is to provoke something in us, making us uncomfortable and disturbed, and to go beyond the limits of filmmaking, even beyond our existence. And for all of these, Lars von Trier is the master.

  3. Trier is my fav director of all the times, no one ever could make me cry so hard like he did with Dancer In The Dark

  4. I loved both Nymphomanic films and Melancholia. Antichrist is the darkest film I've ever seen, and really couldn't watch it again.

  5. Lars von Triers movies are often very cheap made and generally involves a lot of sex and violence or both. You also always get the feeling watching a Lars von Trier movie that it very much is about his own mental problems in different forms.

  6. Emily Watson, Björk, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kirsten Dunst probably had the peak of their careers in LVT films. No one else would have given them such brilliant characters to play.

  7. Well even though I respect Lars Von trier for being certainly “unique” I have to say I thoroughly hate him, I don’t know if it’s just me but I just don’t see the “artistic revelation” in making you’re movies intentionally shitty and poorly made to just be unique and to prove a point, like sure I get that he’s trying deconstruct the entire spectrum of typical filmmaking and such but why does he fell like he has to do that in the worst way possible, the reason why love Andrei Tarkovsky is because he tears down typical film-structures due to wanting to further evolve the boundaries of film-making with his own techniques, whereas I feel Lars Von trier does it just to be contrarian while not further evolving the scope of cinema and the fact that he acts he like he is so smart and brave for making he’s movies intentionally shitty makes him, in my eyes, so pretentious. For all the gore, child-murder, rape, sex and for all the same repetitive techniques he uses to strike a chord with the audience, his films say so fucking little and aren’t revolutionary in the slightest nor any deeper then any of the films he likes to shit on when it all boils to being just shocking for the sake of being shocking and contrarian for the sake of being contrarian.

  8. Great video essay, as usual; thank you! Can someone tell me who is speaking at appx 9:00 regarding the “main rule for editing” being to cut for maximum emotional impact? Thanks again, am learning very important nuances from your lectures.

  9. Great analysis. Thanks.
    I heard Lars plans to stop making films!!! Damn!
    Do you know what would be super crazy idea for Lars interpretation?
    The story about a black singer castrated as a child in order to keep his high pitched voice. Later in life he tries to befriend boys near his age of castration (12 y old) in order to "make clones of himself" because he was not able to produce biological kids. In his SUPER TWISTED mind the black singer believed that making clones of himself would make him "immortal".
    He even built an abusement park to lure kids.
    But the singer went toooooooo far – he actually introduced his special friends to masturbation and oral sex and was accused of pedophilia several times and paid hush money to the parents. Yes, it was a pedophilia per se but no body realized the singer was a castrato. In fact that's why FBI never found a single sperm cell on those boys pants. The singer was not able to perform full penetration (anal or vaginal). That's why the case was soooo bafling to the public. The public was divided on hardcore fans and haters.
    The singer even produced 3 Caucasian kids using a donor sperm and a surrogate uterus.
    He bleached his face and changed it surgically because his father was the one who castrated him and his face reminded him too much of his father's face.
    IMHO it would be a hit if Lars would make it.
    (I know you already guess who the prototype is, but it will be written "Any resemblance with real people is …blah blah"

  10. I don't care what anyone says. Von Trier is savagely underrated and it's a shame most overlook his work.

  11. Lars Von Triers Is A CATHOLIC! This is the greatest Catholic Film since A Clockwork Orange!
    Judgement Day will come, for you and all those who think your going to get away Scot free, like Jack! Like Clockwork Orange this is about free-will and the price you pay for your Sins, sorry these words are unhip to you! But dont wonder why there are so many senseless mass shootings, (you didn't mention gun control!) for like a guy named Dostoevsky once said, "without God, Everything is permissible!" even lame ass raps about film! Thankfully Dos also said in The Idiot, "Beauty will save the World!" and thats what Von Triers is doing!

  12. I think your analysis is exceptional! The only thing that you need to let rest is that there is purpose in every film. When you have liberties you experiment without conventions, right?
    He did.
    It's, perhaps, not his best moment but he gets a free pass because its sincere and not manipulation.

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