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Aro Recommended Dogville

 

Denmark 2003, 134 minutes
Dir. Lars Von Trier
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Drama / Independent, Gangsters

Topics: Period 1930s, Arthouse.

 

Aroview: This fierce parable of hypocrisy, exploitation and revenge set on a “soundstage” version of 1930s America is a brilliant conception of dir. Lars Von Trier, if a little tainted by his troubling cynicism.

In a role not too different from Bjork in DANCER IN THE DARK and Emily Watson in BREAKING THE WAVES, Nicole Kidman plays the martyred heroine, here as a fugitive heiress from a gangland dynasty who takes refuge in a small town known as ‘Dogville’.

Stylistically inspired by the RSC’s production of “Nicholas Nickleby”, the town is represented simply as a stage floor diagram adorned with a minimum of props, but disbelief is suspended in the best tradition of theatre with a refined script and an eclectic cast of prestige players (including a sublime narration by John Hurt).

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DVD Features

  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: 16:9
 

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