Directed By: Lars von Trier Starring: Paul Bettany Nicole Kidman

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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


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40246334
UPC 031398162346
UPC 14 00031398162346
Format DVD
Release Date 8/22/2006
Rating Rating
American History
Essential Cinema
Music (General)
Small Town Life
Small Towns
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Sight and Sound "Von Trier's occasional static overhead shots are strangely beautiful..." 02/01/2004 p.41
Premiere "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
Lars von Trier
Paul Bettany
Nicole Kidman
Cast & Crew
Anthony Dod Mantle - Cinematographer
Harriet Andersson - Actor
James Caan - Actor
Jean-Marc Barr - Actor
Jeremy Davies - Actor
Lars von Trier - Screenplay
Lars von Trier - Director
Lauren Bacall - Actor
Molly Marlene Stensgard - Editor
Nicole Kidman - Actor
Patricia Clarkson - Actor
Paul Bettany - Actor
Vibeke Windelov - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 16234
UPC 00031398162346
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 177 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier has gone from Dogma to Dogville. The director's latest, a three-hour
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Didn't anyone tell Nicole Kidman you don't solidify your star power by starring in a three-hour art
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Lars von Trier exhibits the imagination of an artist and the pedantry of a crank in Dogville,
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 5
DVD, English, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Actor Kidman,Nicole
Label Artisan Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
David Sterrit, CHristian Science Monitor Challenging, dramatic, provocative.
Glenn Kenny, Premiere It really is a masterpiece--von Trier's first, as it happens.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle Mischievous, singular and profound.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald Intentionally designed to rile as much as entertain.

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