Scandinavia's foremost living auteur and the catalyst of the Dogme95 movement, Lars von Trier is arguably world cinema's most confrontational and polarizing figure. Wilfully devastating audiences, Trier has cultivated an insistently transnational cinema, taking inspiration from sources that range from the European avant-garde to American genre films. This volume provides a stimulating overview of Trier's career while focusing on the more recent work, including his controversial Gold Heart Trilogy (Breaking the Waves, The Idiots and Dancer in the Dark), the as-yet unfinished USA Trilogy (Dogville and Manderlay), and individual projects such as the comedy The Boss of It All and the incendiary horror psychodrama Antichrist.
"A thoughtful, thorough, and crisply written study of Lars von Trier's feature film production. Linda Badley deftly combines criticism on von Trier's films with close reading, historical analysis, genre theory, gender studies, psychoanalysis, and cultural studies." Andrew Nestingen, author of Crime and Fantasy in Scandinavia: Fiction, Film, and Social Change