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Dogville

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Nicole Kidman, Dogville
Dogville: © Lion?s Gate

Dogville

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
177 minutes
Limited Release Date:
03/26/04
performer:
Nicole Kidman, Lauren Bacall, Paul Bettany, Patricia Clarkson, Siobhan Fallon, Ben Gazzara, Philip Baker Hall, Chloë Sevigny, Stellan Skarsgard
director:
Lars von Trier
distributor:
Lions Gate Films
author:
Lars von Trier
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A-

”It’s very strange and unusual and took a lot out of me,” says Nicole Kidman of director Lars von Trier’s latest devastating drama — part 1 of a planned trilogy — which casts her as a mysterious woman who moves to a small Rocky Mountain town whose initially welcoming residents prove anything but. ”I’m glad I went into von Trier world, but it was difficult.” It may also be difficult for audiences: The three-hour film includes brutal scenes of rape and murder, takes place on a stark soundstage, and features minimal props. ”I think this kind of abstract simplicity is something we need right now,” says the director. ”It’s like a vitamin…. Films look very much alike now.” (The next two installments will look even more different: After ”Dogville”’s divided reception at Cannes last year, Kidman dropped out of part 2 and was replaced by Ron Howard’s daughter Bryce Dallas Howard.) Von Trier’s producers and distributors, meanwhile, lobbied for a two-hour cut of ”Dogville,” but to no avail. ”I’m the type, as you can imagine, that whatever I’m told to do, I will not do,” he says. ”They should have asked me to make a four-hour version!”

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