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Watch: Lars von Trier Short 'Why Try To Escape From Which You Know You Can’t Escape From? Because You Are A Coward!'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 3, 2014 10:03 AM
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We’ve come to the conclusion that Lars von Trier has always been a little bit off compared to the average person, even in his formative years. The short film von Trier made when he was 11 remains the safest entry in his entire filmography and it ends with a Danish word that definitely has a different meaning and connotation in English, an unintentional language and culture gap that perversely predicts the Danish director’s affinity for assaulting his audience’s good taste. With “The Nymphomaniac” hitting Blu-ray next week, let’s head back to the internet’s time machine and look at what else the Danish enfant terrible was up to when he was just a youth.

Watch: Lars von Trier's 1967 Stop Motion Cartoon 'The Trip To Squash Land'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 17, 2014 10:20 AM
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The ever-controversial Lars von Trier had a busy spring, dropping the two volumes of “Nymphomaniac,” and while we wait for fearless duology to hit Blu-Ray and DVD next month we may as well take a look back at the inauspicious origins of the Danish provocateur using the internet’s deep well of memory.

Lars Von Trier’s Director’s Cut Of ‘Nymphomaniac Vol 2’ Will Premiere At The Toronto International Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2014 12:16 PM
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With news arriving recently that Lars von Trier is writing a Detroit-set horror film and contemplating an action movie, he's not quite finished with "Nymphomaniac." Yes, the film has been released (read our review here), but the director's cut is still brewing. He showed off Volume 1 of his vision at the Berlin Film Festival in February, and while we thought he might bring ‘Volume 2’ to Cannes, it looks like it will instead be crossing the ocean.

Lars Von Trier Planning To Direct An Action Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 19, 2014 10:37 AM
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With Lars von Trier keeping his word about no longer speaking to the press, it's been left to his associates to tease his future plans. Last week, Danish filmmaker Kristian Levring ("The Salvation," review here) revealed that von Trier was already at work on a horror script, tentatively titled "Detroit." And it seems the director has yet another project brewing somewhere in the background.

Lars Von Trier Writing Detroit-Set Horror Movie Plus Watch 7-Minute Featurette About Restoration Of His Early Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2014 11:39 AM
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So now that Lars von Trier has dropped his two-part sex opus "Nymphomaniac," what's his next move (besides prepping the director's cuts of those films)? As always, the filmmaker is not only keeping us on our toes, but excited too, as it seems he's getting ready to dip back into genre fare.

15 Thematic Trilogies From 15 Directors

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 7, 2014 1:48 PM
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15 Thematic Trilogies
It’s quite likely that, in a few summers’ time, cinemagoing will start to resemble entering a giant narrative web, as each auditorium will be hosting a film featuring characters on their way to the plot being screened in the next theatre over. Disney, Marvel, DC—the brilliance of their crossover strategy seems only matched by the appetite of moviegoers for the results. The thought, then, of a standalone narrative, a one-off rather than a sequel springboard, is a rare phenomenon in today’s cinematic landscape, let alone the idea of linking films together only loosely, in such a way that they can't be shorthanded by sticking a "2" or a "3" on the end of the original title.

Contest: Win Lars von Trier's 'The Five Obstructions' On DVD

The Five Obstructions
Of the many provocations Lars von Trier has delivered over the years, "The Five Obstructions" might be his most satisfying. The 2003 documentary might not be his most well known title, but if you're a fan of the director, you'll want to catch up with it quick. Read More »

Review: Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac: Volume II' Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jamie Bell & Shia LaBeouf

  • By Ben Brock
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  • March 20, 2014 7:39 AM
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Lars von Trier's two-part, multi-version “Nymphomaniac” is destined to divide opinion the way it is itself divided down the middle (and as if it wasn't different enough to different viewers, there are also multiple versions: this is a review of the shorter, theatrical cut of the second volume). If “Vol. I” felt at times like a long-winded dirty joke – meandering, incoherently provocative, self-indulgent without being fun enough to make up for it – then “Vol. II” might just be the punchline (though many found a lot to like in the first volume's exuberant array of explicit sexuality and bizarre analogy: for a positive take you can read our review on Part I here). It's an extremely long way from being a perfect film, but undoubtedly (and whatever you thought of “Vol. I”), there's enough going on in the second volume to keep you stroking your chins (or other, more...private...parts).

Watch: Charlotte Gainsbourg Loves Her Dirty Filthy Lust In New Trailer For 'Nymphomaniac Vol. 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2014 3:19 PM
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Nymphomaniac
It's probably safe to say that making Lars von Trier's two-part sex epic "Nymphomaniac" was far from the usual film experience. But even for Charlotte Gainsbourg, making her third movie with the director following "Antichrist" and "Melancholia," the production offered up some interesting decisions for the actress. Namely, she got to pick her own sex stunt double.

Paul Schrader Says Lars von Trier/Martin Scorsese 'Taxi Driver' Project Won't Happen, Is A "Terrible Idea"

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 18, 2014 10:00 AM
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Taxi Driver
Around the same time he announced to the world his intention to make “Nymphomaniac” — following Nazi-comment-gate — rumors began to spread that Lars Von Trier had also challenged Martin Scorsese to remake “Taxi Driver” in the style of Von Trier’s 2003 doc, “The Five Obstructions.” While the project seemed like a wild fantasy, Von Trier’s producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen said the two lauded filmmakers were indeed having a dialogue about the experiment but now cruel reality has dashed our hopes again.

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