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Dogville (2003)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director Lars von Trier and director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle Rating:8.0/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by ratethatcommentary on September 12th, 2004:Find all reviews by ratethatcommentary
I was a little disappointed in this commentary track. After seeing the film and reading a number of film critics' reviews where they all talked about their theories about the deeper meanings and intentions of the film, it seemed like a commentary track from von Trier on Dogville would have lots of interesting ground to cover.

Unfortunately, most of the track talks about the "how" of the film, rather than the "why." Most of the discussion on here talks about the cinematography and the images on the screen, with some talk about working with the different actors. von Trier very briefly goes into the idea behind the minimalist set: "I'm trying to find the essence, somehow. But the essence of characters and of stories and of storytelling is not the same as the essence of image."

He does briefly address the comments about it being an anti-American film, and says "I know that these people and this story could be anywhere in the world." A little while later, he says "[The characters' behavior is] actually, as I see it now, very European."

The director also talks about how he's disappointed that Nicole Kidman isn't doing the second film in this trilogy: DP: "It's a pity that Nic isn't doing the second one." von Trier: "But come on, we'll show her, we'll show her that it can be done without her [...] it's no problem. Well, it will be a problem, but don't tell anyone."

The pair do talk through most of the movie, although there are handful of 10-15 minute gaps. These gaps always seem to end after a chapter break, so if you're listening to the commentary and they haven't said anything for a minute or two, you're probably safe skipping to the next chapter, where chances are they'll pick things up again.