Lars von Trier Expelled from Cannes

Lars von Tri­er stepped on the third rail Wednes­day when he called him­self a Nazi and Hitler sym­pa­thiz­er in jest. The joke did­n’t go over so well, and, his apolo­gies (some­times sound­ing sin­cere, some­times not so much) did­n’t win peo­ple over. Today, Cannes offi­cials took an unprece­dent­ed step, declar­ing him per­sona non gra­ta at the fes­ti­val. This marks the first time Cannes has exiled a direc­tor in its 64 year his­to­ry. What will Lars do next? The prova­ca­teur sug­gests that he will return to his native Den­mark and shoot porn films:

I want to be sur­round­ed by porn peo­ple who love me for what I am, who say, ‘Where do you want the erec­tion, where do you want the pen­e­tra­tion.’ Where it’s not com­pli­cat­ed. There would­n’t be a porn star run­ning out there say­ing ‘Lars said this or Lars said that.’

He also might want to add hir­ing a few good han­dlers to the to-do list. Mean­while, if you’re look­ing for a few clas­sic Dan­ish films, we have Vampyr and La Pas­sion de Jeanne d’Arc, both by Carl Theodor Drey­er, in our col­lec­tion of Free Movies Online.

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  •  Lar Von Tri­er has made some excel­lent films and I wish he had stuck to com­ment­ing on the Gaza con­cen­tra­tion camp and Israeli land grab that Open Cul­ture has nev­er open­ly cen­sored Israel for. 

    Von Tri­er is pro human. 

    The dis­ap­point­ment for so many of us is that so few U.S. cit­i­zens know about Oper­a­tion Paper­clip. The whole­sale import of Ger­man Nazis into the US after the war. The effects of that par­tic­u­lar­ly in con­nec­tion to MK ULTRA and mind based trau­ma con­trol will take decades to heal for those that are not yet dead.

  • Buy Essay says:

    Very inter­est­ing post.Thanks for shar­ing.

  • An all round amaz­ing­ly writ­ten blog

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