America and American

by jaredmoshe
May 17, 2005 8:37 AM
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In a brief email exchange yesterday, I said I would put my thoughts on Lars Von Trier's statements about his American-ism in this weblog. Let me first disclose (maybe redundantly) that I am an American. I am a proud American, but I am also often ashamed of my country. By this I mean I believe there is difference between what america is, and what America could be.

My thoughts on Von Trier

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  • STEFANO BOSCUTTI | May 18, 2005 10:05 AMReply

    Relax. We're all Americans. How much simply depends on how much American films dominate national box office. In America it's 99% so Americans are 99% American (even the most patriotic). In Australia its 94% so Australian's are 94% American. And so on. You get the picture.

  • Sujewa Ekanayake | May 18, 2005 6:47 AMReply

    If Von Trier has never visited America then his movies are not really about America - the land & people & life inside the borders. Most likely his films are his responses to media reports about certain aspects of America & our foreign policies/activities. Saying his films are "about America" is just a marketing ploy. If anyone in the world wants to watch movies "about America", I recommend movies by American indie filmmakers (such as Wayne Wang, Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch, John Sayles, etc.) & also American docs - better yet - come visit & get first hand knowledge. Movies are only a tiny fraction of real life reflected through a complex media making & marketing process - movies (even docs) are far from real life.

  • craig | May 17, 2005 9:43 AMReply

    I haven't seen the film, and I can't comment on it. But, I find your statements a little odd. I say this understanding that you admit your statements are problematic. Still, I can't help but remember that de Tocqueville traveled to the U.S. and observed Americans before writing on our pecular nature. There is a difference between history and social commentary, and social commentary, and film as art. I suppose this would make more sense maybe if the film/s were not being touted as being about America? Maybe its the ambition of the idea that even a trilogy can cover an entire country, and what's that country is about.