The Vow of Chastity


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I suppose it was apt that after the plethora of 'nature of evil' posts appearing on this blog with regular frequency (or maddening frequency, take your pick), my local video store would finally have a copy of Dogville NOT already rented by that nameless fiend who seems to exists on multiple planes and always removes the ONLY copy of the EXACT film that you SPECIFICALLY visit the video store EARLY to rent. (when we all have a tad more spare time, I suggest we form a posse to hunt down and despatch that particularly nasty mofo) My first exposure to director Lars von Trier was Breaking the Waves, but it was only with Dancer in the Dark that I learnt of the Dogme movement and the Vow of Chastity. As divisive as this manifesto and von Trier's films are, both sides seem to agree on one thing: his arrogance. One side cannot seem to see past it, whilst the other seem more tolerable, as if it were some unfortunate yet impotent ingredient. Yet if there were ever a more suitable backyard for arrogance to run riot, is it not that of film? Arrogance often leads to a higher instance of risk-taking, as well as the absence of any doubts as to success. Results may often be unpalatable, but those failures still glide far higher than the mindless emissions that are released every week. This review takes what I think is a fairly astute middle ground, and this is an interesting summation of the Dogme movement. Arrogance and art: A match made in heaven?


1 Responses to “The Vow of Chastity”

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    The review you linked to brought up quite a few interesting points, but it left out the fact that at time Dogville is also a funny film.

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