Tranceformer: A Portrait Of Lars Von Trier

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Documentary

Fiendishly attracted to THE KINGDOM or European auteurs in general? This authorized documentary about Lars Von Trier reveals why he's been dubbed the enfant terrible of contemporary European cinema. Director Stig Bjorkman's approach to the prickly Dane is virtually identical, minus the outside experts. Von Trier's "radical liberal Scandinavian parents"...read more

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Fiendishly attracted to THE KINGDOM or European auteurs in general? This authorized documentary about Lars Von Trier reveals why he's been dubbed the enfant terrible of contemporary European cinema. Director Stig Bjorkman's approach to the prickly Dane is virtually identical, minus the outside experts. Von Trier's "radical liberal Scandinavian parents" gave him absolute freedom as a child. Totally unused to anyone telling him what to do, the adult Von Trier always does the exact opposite of what he's told, as evidenced by his

collaborators' anecdotes. Bjorkman runs through the director's major films, accompanied by his amusing, if elliptical commentary, and his precocious enslavement to technical perfection is amply demonstrated in the stylish but icy THE ELEMENT OF CRIME and ZENTROPA Bjorkman's major coup, aside from

getting the capricious filmmaker's cooperation at all, is a behind-the-scenes look at the unorthodox way Von Trier directed his Cannes winner BREAKING THE WAVES. The famously phobic auteur (travel, disease, and enclosed spaces are high on his list of anxiety-producers) often directed via satellite hookup. Peccadilloes aside, Von Trier clearly sublimates self-hatred and fragility into his work, finding balance by making films that explore his fascination with evil and idealism. In the process, he inspires great loyalty from his casts and crews. (In Danish, with English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Fiendishly attracted to THE KINGDOM or European auteurs in general? This authorized documentary about Lars Von Trier reveals why he's been dubbed the enfant terrible of contemporary European cinema. Director Stig Bjorkman's approach to the prickly Dane is… (more)

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