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Manufacturer: Lions Gate
UPC 14: 00031398162346
Category Keywords: 1930s America American History Corruption Country Essential Cinema Gangsters Music (General) Politics Rape Religion Small Town Life Small Towns Theatrical Release Violence
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A quiet little town not far from here.
|Grace arrives in the isolated town of dogville, on the run from gangsters. The town agrees to hide her. However, when outsiders start looking for the fugitive, the locals make demands of her in exchange for harboringher. But she has a secret and its dangerous. Dogville may regret it ever decided to bare its teeth|
"It really is a masterpiece--von Trier's first, as it happens. Glenn Kenny, Premiere
"Mischievous, singular and profound. Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Intentionally designed to rile as much as entertain. Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
Editor's NoteSet in the 1930s during the Great Depression in the Rocky Mountains, DOGVILLE is Lars von Trier's comment on Americana and his uniquely perverse view of small town life. With period costumes, a narrative that reads like a naughty OUR TOWN, and flashes of THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER--which is being read by one of the characters--von Trier sets the scene. Using nothing more than a black floor on which white chalk lines and labels mark out houses and landmarks such as the mine and the store, the film is essentially a play. With only minimal props, the emphasis is on the script and the performances.Dogville is a tiny town consisting of just seven households and 15 adults total. Tom Edison (Paul Bettany) is the resident philosopher, who plans to write a book about morality but has not yet begun. He also serves as the town mayor, holding community meetings in the local church. When a beautiful woman, Grace (Nicole Kidman), arrives in town claiming she is being chased by thugs, Dogville welcomes her and agrees to harbor her--at cost. Grace must prove herself to Dogville's residents, first through physical labor, then through friendship, then through utterly astonishing sacrifices that, in classic von Trier style, go way beyond anything viewers might imagine. A bizarre and disturbing film, DOGVILLE features an all-star cast including Chloe Sevigny, Stellan Skarsgard, Ben Gazzara, James Caan, Harriet Andersson, Lauren Bacall, and narration by John Hurt.
Cast & Crew
|Anthony Dod Mantle - Cinematographer|
|Lars von Trier - Screenplay|
|Lars von Trier - Director|
|Molly Marlene Stensgard - Editor|
|Vibeke Windelov - Producer|