78 Great Directors: Lars von Trier

” Basically, I’m afraid of everything in life, except filmmaking.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Mostly Breaking the Waves.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Breaking the Waves.

What Did I Watch: Dancer in the Dark, which I’d only seen part of in the past.

Where Does He Fit: The plight of Bjork’s Selma in Dancer in the Dark is designed to be the most awful, absurd thing ever conceived, a ridiculous passion play that was taken seriously enough to win the Palme…and be arguably the most depressing work in the career of a very cruel director. She supposedly ate her sweater on the set, and spat out a performance for the ages in how she acts like she sings: with her very soul, a state of being. She should have won every acting prize, but really, you’d just be rewarding her for playing herself in such a way that is soul vomiting and smearing.

dancer-in-the-dark-2000

Most Valuable Asset: Cruelty.
Most Excited For: Melancholia.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Director of actors, Elia Kazan.

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