Friday, October 16, 2020

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Dancer in the Dark (2000)

Selma: You like the movies, don't you? 
Bill: I love the movies. I just love the musicals. 
Selma: But isn't it annoying when they 
do the last song in the films? 
Bill: Why? 
Selma: Because you just know when it goes really big... 
and the camera goes like out of the roof... 
and you just know it's going to end. I hate that. 
I would leave just after the next to last song... 
and the film would just go on forever.

It's weird to think that a movie that ends the way this movie ends might be Lars von Trier's most accessible movie, but... is it? I admittedly have never seen his 2006 workplace comedy The Boss of It All, I can't speak to that one -- weird that I gun straight for everything miserable Lars shovels at us but the comedy I'm like, ehhh. But I think Björk's beautiful music and the big musical numbers make this movie more accessible than, say Breaking the Waves? Even if they're both heart-wrenching in the end. And, I mean, everything he's made since Antichrist is just... the exact opposite of accessible. (I say that with love.) 

Anyway! I wrote the date wrong in my calendar for this and so I am ten days off -- Dancer in the Dark celebrated its 20th anniversary on October 6th (not 16th!). We worship this film, and its soundtrack, which we still listen to constantly. Thankfully rumor has it that Björk is planning on acting again -- a cast-list for Robert Eggers' Viking movie that got leaked by an over-excited bit-player had her name on it, as we showed you a few weeks back. That's a thrill! It's a shame LVT's shittiness as a person kept her out of the game so long when she gave such a transcendent performance here.


Rhiordan said...

This is my all-time favorite movie. I have only watched it once and I will never re-watch it because I don't want to remember it any differently than I do. The DVD is still shrinkwrapped. ~R.

Aquinas1220 said...

i love this movie so much