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The Idiots


Dir. Lars von Trier. 1998, 117 mins. 35mm. Imported 35mm print of uncut European version. With Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus, Anne Louise Hassing. A group of politically minded actors explore their “inner idiots” by pretending to be mentally disabled in public. Itself a sort of documentary provocation, this was Lars von Trier’s first film made in accordance with the manifesto of the Dogme 95 movement, which posited a pure cinema free of special effects and postproduction tricks.

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