Dancer in the Dark

Dancer in the Dark

Director: Lars von Trier Cast: Björk
, Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve
, David Morse
David Morse
Lars von Trier


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Reportedly the third in acclaimed director Lars von Trier's "Golden Hearts" trilogy (preceded by Breaking the Waves and The Idiots), this film is a hip reworking of the classic Hollywood Musical, starring international pop diva Bjork. Set somewhere in rural Washington state, Czech immigrant Selma (Bjork) works in a pressing plant, struggling to make ends meet for herself and her 10-year-old son, Gene (Vladica Kostic). Her best friend is coworker and fellow European Kathy (Catherine Deneuve). While outside work, she is maintaining a cautious friendship with local yokel Jeff (Peter Stormare). She also landed a starring role as Maria in an amateur production of The Sound of Music. Selma's life would be one of relative contentment if it were not for the ugly secret she harbors -- she is on the verge of blindness due to a genetic disorder, and her young son will suffer the same fate without an operation. Selma has quietly been stashing away money for the surgery and has already amassed $2,000. When her savings, squirreled away in a can in the kitchen, suddenly disappear, she confronts her cash-strapped landlord Bill (David Morse). Of course, like all musicals, the plot periodically takes a backseat to the seven production numbers, including a show-stopping sequence in Selma's factory. Shot entirely on digital video, the film reportedly used up to 100 cameras for each musical number. Dancer in the Dark received top prizes at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival including Best Actress for Bjork and the coveted Palme d'Or for Best Picture.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2016
UPC: 0888574444419
Original Release: 2000
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:21:00
Sales rank: 21,831

Special Features

Two commentaries: ; 1) Writer/Director Lars von Trier, producer Vibeke Windeløv, technical supervisor Peter Hjorth and artist Per Kirkeby; 2) Choreographer Vincent Paterson; Two Featurettes: ; 1) 100 cameras: capturing Lars von Trier's vision; 2) Choreography: creating Vincent Paterson's dance sequences; Selma's music: song-by-song access; Alternate scenes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Björk Selma
Catherine Deneuve Kathy
David Morse Bill
Peter Stormare Jeff
Joel Grey Oldrich Novy
Vincent Paterson Director
Cara Seymour Jean
Jean-Marc Barr Foreman
Vladica Kostic Gene
Udo Kier Doctor
Zeljko Ivanek D.A.
Siobhan Fallon Brenda

Technical Credits
Lars von Trier Director,Songwriter,Camera Operator,Screenwriter
Björk Songwriter
Fridrik Thór Fridriksson Associate Producer
François Gedigier Editor
Finn Gjerdrum Associate Producer
Anja Grafers Associate Producer
Peter Grant Art Director
Torleif Hauge Associate Producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen Executive Producer
Lars Jönsson Co-producer
Karl Juliusson Production Designer
Tero Kaukomaa Associate Producer
Poul Erik Lindeborg Associate Producer
Good Machine Associate Producer
Mogens Glad Associate Producer
Robby Müller Cinematographer
Joyce Nettles Casting
Vincent Paterson Choreography
Manon Rasmussen Costumes/Costume Designer
Anders Refn Asst. Director
Sjon Sigurdsson Songwriter
Marianne Slot Co-producer
Molly Malene Stensgaard Editor
Per Streit Sound/Sound Designer
Els Van De Vorst Associate Producer
Vibeke Windeløv Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dancer in the Dark
1. Overture [3:31]
2. Cvalda [4:08]
3. I've Seen It All [5:31]
4. Smith And Wessen / Scatterheart [7:07]
5. In The Musicals, Part 1 [1:59]
6. In The Musicals, Part 2 [3:26]
7. 107 Steps [2:33]
8. Next To Last Song [2:26]
9. New World (End Credits) [4:29]
1. Overture
2. Washington State, 1964
3. Gene
4. Movie Tin
5. Happy
6. Secrets
7. Daydreaming
8. Night Shift
9. Cvalda
10. Dark Walk Home
11. Stage Entrance
12. Let Go
13. I've Seen It All
14. Desperation
15. Smith And Wesson (Scatterheart)
16. $2,056.10
17. Rehearsal
18. In The Musicals, Part 1
19. Trial
20. In The Musicals, Part 2
21. Verdict
22. New Information
23. My Favorite Things
24. Deal
25. Jeff
26. Time
27. 107 Steps
28. On The Gallows
29. Next To Last Song
30. New World/End Credits
31. Chapter 31

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