Dancer in the Dark
Directed by: Lars von Trier
Written by: Lars von Trier
Starring: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare
Brilliant auteur and unapologetic cinematic sadist Lars von Trier is one of the movies’ most polarizing figures among critics. He has a cult following of fans, some of which are the most respected film scholars working today. Almost all of his movies follow an artistic pattern of well thought out shots that often contain disturbing images. This is where Dancer in the Dark is unique.
Von Trier’s emotionally wrenching film has a visual style that many will recognize from Cloverfield or NBC’s The Office. It may throw fans off, and that’s probably his intention. As a member of the Dogma style of film making, it is this director’s goal to throw you for a loop by defying everything held sacred in the movies. He deconstructs typical methods and injects heavy amounts of emotion and tragedy in order to confound the viewer and leave them uncertain about what they’ve witnessed. Dancer is no different in this regard.