Lars von Trier

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National Society of Film Critics: the winners

The National Society of Film Critics, of which I am a member, had a choice between "Life" and death today, and they chose death. That...
By Peter Keough  |  January 07, 2012
Difficult women; Oscar gold

Difficult women; Oscar gold

 I just came from a screening of  David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," in which Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein kicks and screams and laughs hysterically...
By Peter Keough  |  December 01, 2011
Short Take Melancholia

Review: Melancholia

Here's what we learn from Melancholia : life sucks, people are awful, we're all going to die, and good riddance. Who says Lars von Trier doesn't like happy endings?
Who says Lars von Trier doesn't like happy endings?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 11, 2011
Talking cure for "Melancholia"

Talking cure for "Melancholia"

 Lars von Triers's new film "Melancholia" will have its work cut out for it to be as transgressive as his last one, "Antichrist" (though the...
By Peter Keough  |  November 04, 2011
cannes list

Reichs and wrongs on the Croisette

"I beat my kids regularly. Seems to do the trick. And I deprive them of meals."
Cannes we all just get along?
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 27, 2011
Lisa Nesselson -- Cannes report #3: Trier today, gone tomorrow

Lisa Nesselson -- Cannes report #3: Trier today, gone tomorrow

 A THOUGHT FOR TODAY (cited on A-Word-A-Day by Anu Garg): "It is well to know something of the manners of various peoples, in order more...
By Peter Keough  |  May 21, 2011

Lisa Nesselson -- Cannes report #2: more Von Trier

Lisa Nesselson -- Cannes report #2: more Von Trier

 What's the world coming to when a filmmaker can't joke about the Nazis and the Final Solution during a Cannes press conference? Lars Von Trier...
By Peter Keough  |  May 19, 2011

End of the world movies we will miss because of the end of the world

 It's a shame that the world is ending May 21 because that means we'll miss some interesting end of the world movies. Not necessarily films...
By Peter Keough  |  May 18, 2011

Interview: Lone Scherfig

Born in Denmark in 1959, Lone Scherfig first gained international attention in 2000 with Italian for Beginners, a charming little film that won her the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. A couple of years later, she followed up with Wilbur Wants t
An Educated Lady
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 13, 2009

Von Trier: Willem Dafoe's penis "too big" for Antichrist

We suspect some of you may have missed the salient segment of Peter Keough's interview with Antichrist director Lars Von Trier this week, in which...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 28, 2009

Interview: Lars von Trier of Antichrist

Maybe it’s the blurring effect of the Skype technology through which I’m interviewing him as he sits worried and Buddha-like in his headquarters in Denmark (he has a phobia about airplanes, among other things), but Lars von Trier seems like an okay guy.
The director on the redeeming qualities of Antichrist
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009


Review: Antichrist

Lars von Trier’s controversial freak-out is Saw VI as told by Carl Dreyer. Is that a good thing? It certainly has grabbed everybody’s attention. I’m torn between dismissing the film as gross-out juvenilia and regarding it as raw religious mythmaking.
Lars von Trier’s screams from a marriage
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009

Review: Paranormal Activity

The "normal" puts the chills in Paranormal Activity .
More than cheap thrills
By Peter Keough  |  October 16, 2009

Another "Antichrist" update: Boston opening date announced, Obama still outpacing Von Trier

Lars Von Trier's "Antichrist" now has a local opening date - October 23 at the Kendall Square Theatre. Which reminds that it's been a while...
By Peter Keough  |  September 21, 2009

Cannes goods

Quick — name a world-class film-festival administrator willing to reveal that at age 12 he was titillated by the sight of clodhopper-shod Minnie Mouse stomping on Mickey's tail in a French comic book.
Tarantino, Antichrist , and well-lit genitalia show why the French film festival is like no other
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 29, 2009

Seoul mates

Korean filmmakers reinvent Hollywood genres and conventions much the way their Asian counterparts do, but my sense is that they tend to put everything in a broader context.
The films of Lee Chang-dong
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 29, 2008


Star power

Deneuve has been in the public eye long enough to know that only damn fools reveal themselves to the public.
Deneuve demystifies — and enchants
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 07, 2007

Savoring slow food

The surest radar trap in southern Maine is the one the Scarborough police have set up where Route 207 enters Prouts Neck.
At a revamped seaside resort
By BRIAN DUFF  |  August 01, 2007

The Boss of It All

The Boss of It All reflects on the mysteries of identity, responsibility, globalization, and Gambini’s æsthetics of theater.
Since when do we believe Lars von Trier?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 30, 2007

The girls of summer

It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2007

Road rules

Dogme is out, done for, as are Lars von Trier’s sly strictures on making Dogme films: only natural lighting, the actors must wear their real clothes, etc.
Andrea Arnold takes on Lars von Trier
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 08, 2007


Dots and dashes

Just about any list of the greatest character actors working today would include David Morse. And with good cause.
The career of David Morse
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 22, 2006

Seven heaven

Who are the world’s greatest living narrative filmmakers, what I call the Magnificent Seven?
Readers speak out on the best directors
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 28, 2006


Lars von Trier’s Manderlay has something to offend everyone: blacks, whites, conservatives, liberals, and those who, like myself, found Dogville a bold if flawed experiment.
Von Trier's trilogy continues, sans Nicole Kidman.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 16, 2006


Flash back to Cannes, 2003, the press conference for Dogville . Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier leaned toward his superstar lead, Nicole Kidman, and put her on the spot before the international press.
Lars von Trier at Cannes 2005
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 15, 2006

Politics as usual?

Conspiracy, corruption, catastrophe — politics and world events sure can be exciting. Even the mainstream news is taking an interest.
Or will Hollywood cover the issues in 2006?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2006