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I'm with snapper on this one (minus the vomiting on Jedi, haha). I hated it so much.

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Sat Dec 13, 2014 2:06 am
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New page, ha! I tried to find something to quote to make sense of that, but gave up. Just back read!

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Sat Dec 13, 2014 2:11 am
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I've run into so many people who hate that film, and it's easy to see why. It is very sadistic, as you say. Often the digital aesthetic alone is enough to turn people off before the film has even started!

Trier can do no wrong, however: the female roles he writes are profound, and like those of no other director working today. I could only liken them to something like Fassbinder's Maria Braun...

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Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:27 am
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'profound'ly fetishised, masturbatory, dumb, maudlin, sensationalised and tasteless

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Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:30 am
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Reminds me of Kidman's reaction, haha.

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Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:48 am
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It's merely a perspective. Value judgments efface any discursive attempts.

I don't like it either, but it's interesting to discuss.


Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:25 am
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the female roles he writes are profound, and like those of no other director working today. I could only liken them to something like Fassbinder's Maria Braun...
I couldn't disagree more. Yes, Fassbinder gets accused of something similar, but he almost always writes strong, complex women. And when I say "strong, complex," I don't mean suicidally masochistic or mentally ill.

Sorry for the value judgment, EG, but I'm not a robot.

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But, isn't it the labeling of these characters as such by others that Trier holds up as an example of prejudice and ignorance?

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Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:01 am
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He's welcome to consider me prejudiced and ignorant. But I can't see how characters like Bess (Breaking the Waves) and She (Antichrist) are anything but grotesquely unwell. Of course, Bess was manipulated into the things she did. (Was She, also? I don't remember.) But the whole scenario is so... cartoonishly mean-spirited.

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Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:45 am
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It is mean-spirited but the world is mean-spirited, is it not?

And "grotesquely unwell" is how both the villagers consider Bess, and He considers She.

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Eminence Grise wrote:
It's merely a perspective. Value judgments efface any discursive attempts.

I don't like it either, but it's interesting to discuss.


in this case and often for von trier the degradation is the entire point of the picture, so if it's not in service of anything other than a cheap wannabe magic realism it's grossness is automatically low-quality and stupid

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Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:15 am
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von trier's women are so simplistically drawn ,too. i don't see how anyone can call them Strong Female Characters. they're histrionic trainwrecks who are made and destroyed by [heterosexual] sex. if that's not the definition of a misogynistic construction then shoot me

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and i'm someone who quite likes some of von Trier's things - Dogville, Melancholia, Dancer in the Dark. but Antichrist is silly as fuck and Breaking the Waves is just disgusting, especially in its last-scene redemption of Skarsgard's character (and, imo, in Emily Watson's sentimental sub-Masina mugging and winking complicity in the character's ghoulishly abusive realisation)

nice Katrin Cartlidge turn, though!

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if i can't imagine von Trier masturbating in the editing room while preparing his cut then for me it's Good von Trier

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In Trier's work, men are always the object while women are the subject.

He spends all of his time describing how evil men are and how angelic women are, which sounds like precisely the opposite of misogynistic to me.

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Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:29 am
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but Antichrist is silly as fuck

Unconscious bloody revenge hand jobs are silly as fuck, really?

Do you usually take him that seriously?

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Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:39 am
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while revelling in his heroine's complete physical, mental and sexual subjugation and debasement. they're cruel wank fantasies of pure women destroyed by a corrupt world and a leering mankind. the men in his films are self-portraits

just because the woman is the good guy doesn't make the story progressive! like, look at the entire women's picture genre across all cultures!

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I like to think that he revels more in the idea that people like your good self might take him seriously, than what he puts his female characters through.

And I don't believe his women are ever really the "good guy"; they're just the guy, with men as inconsequential shadowy figures in the background.

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good movie. strong female character.


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Sorry for the value judgment, EG, but I'm not a robot.

I should have been more specific, I just meant value without substance. It seems that the topic gained some heat! :D
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in this case and often for von trier the degradation is the entire point of the picture, so if it's not in service of anything other than a cheap wannabe magic realism it's grossness is automatically low-quality and stupid

Yes, you're right. The degradation, I would argue, is the point. However, it's the point in an inverse proportionate way, such that as the female character is displayed with utter abandon, her male counterparts are conflated into simplicity. Men are always so obtuse and flat in Trier's films, and it's no surprise because that's what the critique is against: men.

And I would say that the service of "magic realism" serves his purpose quite well. Kracauer speaks very early in film theory about "phenomena overwhelming the consciousness"--isn't that what's happening here? Tier seeks to flood the ostensible gendered power dynamics with the absurd so that we can evidence the atrocities that become of it. This is a man's game and it's superficial and ludicrous--hence, the woman's reaction and/or submission.


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And "grotesquely unwell" is how both the villagers consider Bess, and He considers She.
It's also how her best friend sees her. Trier spends the whole movie painting a portrait of pathetic delusion/religious mania, then turns it upside-down at the very end, and says, "Ha! You're one of the bad guys for thinking she was sick." I can reject that, and I do.

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Emily Watson's sentimental sub-Masina mugging and winking complicity in the character's ghoulishly abusive realisation
Yeah, this is a big part of it. I couldn't stand Watson in this.

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good movie. strong female character.

:D

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It's also how her best friend sees her. Trier spends the whole movie painting a portrait of pathetic delusion/religious mania, then turns it upside-down at the very end, and says, "Ha! You're one of the bad guys for thinking she was sick." I can reject that, and I do.


:fresh:

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but god does exist

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I like to think that he revels more in the idea that people like your good self might take him seriously, than what he puts his female characters through.

And I don't believe his women are ever really the "good guy"; they're just the guy, with men as inconsequential shadowy figures in the background.


shock tactics are just as puerile a means of expression as porn is, and his whole shtick conflates the two. enfant terrible, whatever, 'terrible' is still the operative word. he's the Damien Hirst of film

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haha

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It seems that the topic gained some heat! :D
Best discussion in the thread and it's about Lars von fucking Trier. :P

Someone watch Abuse of Weakness with me? It's on Netflix Instant right now.

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snapper is the Damien Hirst of the forum.

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Best discussion in the thread and it's about Lars von fucking Trier. :P

Case closed? :D

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Ha. He does inspire passion, I'll give him that. Speaking of, I'm looking forward to the director's cut of Nymphomaniac.

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snapper is the Damien Hirst of the forum.


am i not the tracy emin

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That, too?

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JediMoonShyne wrote:
snapper is the Damien Hirst of the forum.

:shock: this is the meanest thing anyone who is not lovesexy has ever said on this forum.

you are not Damien Hirst Snapper

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Hey, he started it!

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u went too far jedi

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This film by Svetlana Proskurina just leaked the other day: http://karagarga.net/details.php?id=178473

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also, Su Friedrich? Watching Sink or Swim and it's pretty terrific

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Grabbed that one for the other thread!

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http://thecinemagirl.blogspot.com/2014/01/2014-movie-releases-directed-by-women.html


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http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultur ... filmmakers


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Harking back to our Kathryn Bigelow discussion, I just happened on a good essay by Joan Smith about the rape scene in Strange Days:
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This is not to argue that Strange Days is a great movie, although I think it is under-rated. What it does confront, however, and in an innovative way, is the problem of point-of-view. Most filmmakers, if they think about it consciously at all, would probably regard John Berger's famous dictum in Ways of Seeing as prescriptive rather than descriptive: men watch women and women watch themselves being looked at (or, in the case of Hollywood cinema, people in their image being raped and murdered). That is how life is, so why shouldn't movies reflect it? And even if you want to do something more complicated and challenging, how do you make an audience, half of it composed of people who do not share women's vulnerability to sexual predators, identify with the female victim's experience?

That's from the essay 'Speaking Up for Corpses,' from a collection called Screen Violence, edited by Karl French. And, yeah, for some reason that page cuts off in mid-sentence. But, I found the rest (or some of it anyway) elsewhere:
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What is different about Strange Days is that Iris, although her character is coded in exactly this way – tight, low-cut dresses, wildly unstable behaviour – becomes a real person for Lenny Nero, and for the audience, at the moment of her death. Male viewers are not permitted to maintain the customary safe distance from which they observe the process which turns these women into corpses: instead they are forced through Lenny’s reaction to realize what Iris is suffering. […] It is hardly a coincidence that [the film] has prompted furious reactions, specifically the accusation that women should not be dirtying their hands like this. There is something illogical about this response, for it is precisely these women – the victims of serial rapists and killers – whose voices are silenced first in real life and second by the authors and directors who find their attackers endlessly fascinating. Men, it seems, can bump off as many women as they like in novels and on screen. What will not be tolerated is women speaking up for corpses.

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Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:45 am
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muriel_Box

Pasting this here as a possible future topic!

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Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:34 pm
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Windows and mirrors:

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With only one film, Barbara Loden doesn't quite fit into the framework of this thread, but she deserves mention wherever female filmmakers are discussed. Watching this, I was baffled: why on earth didn't she make another film? Based on its personal nature and autobiographical echoes, I wondered, was this her cri de coeur? Is this all she had to say? But, it turns out, the truth is much more depressing. Fated to die of breast cancer at age 48, Loden spent the ten intervening years fruitlessly attempting to get funding for a second film. :(

Well, at least we have this one, and it's a thing of beauty. Everyone needs to see it! And, when you do, don't miss the discussion in Jedi's Isolation thread, starting here.

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Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:53 am
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Yeah, it's a real shame.

Can't help but think, though: shouldn't funding a second film have been easier given her husband's contacts?

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Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:27 pm
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JediMoonShyne wrote:
Can't help but think, though: shouldn't funding a second film have been easier given her husband's contacts?
You would think so, wouldn't you? It's possible something else was going on. I found this, though:

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Your wife's movie, Wanda, also suffered at the box office. Is Barbara Loden now planning any more films?

I think Wanda is a marvelous picture. It's completely honest. My wife is now getting ready to make another picture on the same small scale. Wanda got excellent notices, but it died everywhere. What does Barbara feel? She feels hurt. She doesn’t get any offers. She’s been trying to get backing on her new picture for a year and a half. Something’s wrong, and I don’t know what to do about it.

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Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:45 am
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Ugh, that sucks.

It seems that no matter the connections one might have, there is still the profit-hungry studio system to navigate. Hindsight changes everything, but it seems odd to me that anyone would expect to make some kind of mainstream profit from a film like Wanda. I mean, it's a great film, but doesn't seem like the type that a studio might want to hang financial expectations on. It's so bleak, after all, and there's also the context of the period in which it was released to consider; the spirit of that time in American history. Reading around, I keep coming across the film mentioned in the same breath as Burnett's Killer of Sheep, probably because they have only recently been rediscovered and restored. Have you seen that one?

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Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:29 am
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RIP Akerman :(


Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:26 pm
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This is devastating. I loved her. :(

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