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VIDEO ESSAY: Lars Von Trier: Cinema's Dancer in the Dark

Some feminists criticize the way Lars von Trier depicts his heroines, his obsession with their suffering, but von Trier’s films never struck me as misogynistic, as some critics claim. His heroines are complex and authentic. They make choices with conviction, even when those choices end up being the end of them.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Arielle Bernstein
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  • April 10, 2014 2:10 PM
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A New Press Play Column: 10/40/70: Melancholia

This experimental film column began its life at "The Rumpus," and we are very excited to see it continue here. The column freezes the frames of a film at the 10, 40, and 70 minute marks, using these points as the foundations for an essay.
  • By Nicholas Rombes
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  • April 4, 2012 9:15 AM
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LISA ROSMAN: Lars von Trier's MELANCHOLIA is a masterpiece

Lars von Trier is not a brother who provokes a neutral response: there are those who feel he can do no wrong, and then there are naysayers like me. Although I consider Dancer in the Dark one of the best movies of the last decade, I swore I’d never sit through another of his films after suffering through the school-play machinations of Dogville. A guy who so unilaterally criticizes America without ever having stepped foot on its soil deserves a similar boycott, I declared.
  • By Lisa Rosman
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  • November 16, 2011 3:40 AM
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