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Dogville (2003)

Director: Lars von Trier     Starring: Paul Bettany Nicole Kidman
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40246334
UPC: 031398162346
UPC 14: 00031398162346
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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

"Challenging, dramatic, provocative.  David Sterrit, CHristian Science Monitor
"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 Note
Set 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.


Video Features DVD, English, Dolby Digital (5.1)

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/22/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 177 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 16234
Video UPC UPC: 00031398162346
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Harriet Andersson
Video Cast Info James Caan
Video Cast Info Jean-Marc Barr
Video Cast Info Jeremy Davies
Video Cast Info Lauren Bacall
Video Cast Info Nicole Kidman
Video Cast Info Patricia Clarkson
Video Cast Info Paul Bettany
Video Cast Info Anthony Dod Mantle - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Lars von Trier - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Lars von Trier - Director
Video Cast Info Molly Marlene Stensgard - Editor
Video Cast Info Vibeke Windelov - Producer

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"Von Trier's occasional static overhead shots are strangely beautiful..." 02/01/2004 p.41

"It really is a masterpiece -- von Trier's first, as it happens." 03/01/2004 p.24-6

New York Times
"[Lars von Trier] is a ruthless provocateur with a practical joker's sensibility." 03/26/2004 p.E13

Entertainment Weekly
"[A] stunning slap-in-the-face film....[T]here is much to love in this nervy fable..." 04/02/2004 p.41-2

Rolling Stone
"[T]his is strong, stinging filmmaking....[Von Trier] delivers something rare these days: a film of ideas." 04/15/2004 p.154

USA Today
"[D]arkly funny, intellectually challenging..." 03/26/2004 p.3D

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 7 of 10
Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier has gone from Dogma to Dogville. The director's latest, a three-hour

Rolling Stone 9 of 10
Didn't anyone tell Nicole Kidman you don't solidify your star power by starring in a three-hour art - Peter Travers

Chicago Sun-Times 5 of 10
Lars von Trier exhibits the imagination of an artist and the pedantry of a crank in Dogville, - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Kidman,Nicole
Product attributeLabel:   Artisan Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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