• Lars von Trier, the self-proclaimed “best film director in the world,” strikes some poses in this Antichrist photo gallery.

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  • By Dan
    November 04, 2010
    10:49 PM

    "Best film director in the world"? I sincerely hope he means as the present and regardless of that he still isn't as good as he thinks.
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  • By Josh
    November 05, 2010
    05:43 AM

    Douche chill!
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  • By David Kelly
    November 05, 2010
    10:29 AM

    God, when will people let that quote die? He was JOKING. If you actually see the press conference footage from Cannes, he was being attacked, and he was smirking and being sarcastic. He was kidding. He and Dafoe were laughing and joking a lot. Dafoe even said right then, "I enjoy his sense of humor." And he isn't "posing" any more than any other famous director. The young kids LOVE PT Anderson, and he's the biggest poser there is!
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    • By jjmn
      July 26, 2013
      05:55 AM

      Not really. If you see the video, the tune, the smile, he really means it. He's obviously a sick guy. A psychopathic sociopath.
    • By Guy S
      October 23, 2013
      12:11 PM

      You're not a mature film viewer, I can tell, knocking somebody with artistic integrity like PTA and praising Von Trier, who only proved with Antichrist that he's the exact kind of pretentious filmmaker that keeps a lot of people away from "art-house" cinema.
    • By JonnyCat
      October 23, 2013
      06:05 PM

      Sarcasm is so often lost on so many. Perhaps it is the reality of misinformation, lack of visual cues, computers, etc. Regardless I agree with Mr. Dafoe. I enjoy him and his sense of humor. I imagine the idea is to get people talking, seems to have worked. With you I also agree, one has to be a bit pompous to get ones idea on the big screen. How pompous I can only imagine. Great people who take chances are people, and like all of us, they make jokes and are allowed a sarcastic comment. To say he is a nut without meeting the man seems a bit much, seems a bit pompous in fact.
    • By KM
      December 12, 2013
      07:17 PM

      I watched the clip of him at Cannes, and it seemed sincere. There was no smirking.... he dug himself into a hole, and he tried to explain himself, the result being showing more and more of his true feelings. For the record, Jews weren't the only people who suffered during the holocaust, so his comments on hitler and the final solution are very, very offensive to ANYONE who has ties/family in Europe. I can only hope he finds internal peace someday, because he is very disturbed - and not in an interesting way. He personifies the smug, self-indulgent, pretentious, close-minded european arm-chair pseudo-intellectualism that claims to be enlightened yet is still very much entrenched in Christian superstitions and archetypes, and which wallows gleefully in its own misery and hopelessness. Just because you're depressed and repressed and take a masochistic pleasure in this doesn't mean you're a genius. The world has been tortured enough by these self-loathing tortured souls. Next!
  • By Michael Koresky
    November 05, 2010
    12:55 PM

    David, I think the use of "poser" here is a pun. And Criterion, who clearly loves von Trier (3 movies!), is making fun of those who are making fun of him. Everyone now knows that what he said at Cannes was supposed to be funny....
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  • By Connor
    November 05, 2010
    12:59 PM

    SEXY LARS. Also @Devlin, thank you soo much!
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  • By David Kelly
    November 05, 2010
    02:19 PM

    Well, I was referring more to the first few user comments in this thread than to Criterion.
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  • By Hayley Cameron
    November 05, 2010
    04:47 PM

    After David Lynch, he is the best director in the world at the moment. He was being cheekily funny when he said this though. I adore him.
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    • By Nareshkumar
      May 08, 2013
      05:26 AM

      Yes .... One more David Lynch fan here... After David Lynch it's Lars Von for me...
  • By Travis Low
    November 06, 2010
    12:10 AM

    Ha! Any self-proclaimed "best director in the world" is clearly not so. What an arrogant ass! He doesn't even approach the master filmmakers (alive or dead). Not even close to living contemporaries like Lynch, PT Anderson, Haneke, or Herzog...and nowhere near the older greats like Fellini, Bergman, Kurosawa, etc. A bit insulting. Also, I thought that "Antichrist" was pretty ineffective, meaningless, and overly gratuitous. I can handle the images he throws out there, just can't handle that they serve relatively little purpose.
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    • By Eric hollenbeck
      April 04, 2014
      03:35 AM

      Felini's a retard! One of the most phycicly complex and giving me no more reason to live films, I have ever seen. You can spend the rest of whatever it is you call life wondering what it feels like to have your soul ripped from your body by someone you love, just so they could explain the great folly and tragic fralty of emotional upheaval that is our existence or you could try to critic someone who actually lives. Those, I think are your only options left. Possible suicide may suffice.
  • By Dr. Crawford
    November 06, 2010
    11:56 AM

    I believe Mr. Von Trier once said, "My film is not about the Antichrist--it is the Antichrist."
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  • By mickey m
    November 11, 2010
    01:24 AM

    DR. C - smack on with the Coppola reference!!!
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  • By Jose Deleon
    November 06, 2012
    09:59 AM

    He is as every bit as great as P.T. Anderson and every other director I adore. Dancer In The Dark is my favorite Lars von Trier film.
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  • By Andre M
    November 06, 2012
    08:01 PM

    I still can't believe that "self-proclaimed 'best film director in the world'" is still going around. In the original context, he is clearly being facetious. Even the Criterion Collection can't understand sarcasm.
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  • By John
    April 13, 2013
    01:27 AM

    I loved his movies, and then with Antichrist I see what a fucking idiot he is. Sorry.
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  • By Spideycow
    April 14, 2013
    03:37 PM

    Wow, haha, I did not expect so many fans of Criterion to hate Lars Von Trier! You would of thought people on this site would be a little less quick to dismiss a controversial film, much less a controversial director! When was it decided that having an egomaniacal personality was grounds to judge a director's work by? Does this mean we have to throw out the films of Fritz Lang, Werner Herzog, Jean-Luc Godard, and Mizoguchi Kenji? The history of film is full of arrogant directors - it's almost a tradition. And y'all should keep in mind an asshole is only a pretentious asshole if he or she doesn't actually deserve the attention they want. Monstertruckers. (Drops the mike.)
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    • By charles_deckert
      May 04, 2013
      02:20 AM

      Thank you! Yes, if you're going to claim any significant degree of cinephilia, then you've got to accept the fact that past and present being at least slightly arrogant is sort of mandatory if you want to be a director who is upholding an artistic sensibility of their own.
  • By may
    May 03, 2013
    02:01 PM

    hahahaha, IDIOT
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  • By NAME
    May 03, 2013
    03:14 PM

    This guy doesn´t know Werner Herzog.
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  • By TheDirector
    May 03, 2013
    03:17 PM

    Herzog isn't arrogant. Just ambitious. Perhaps arrogantly ambitious. Do not like von Trier at all. I find his films visually horrific, and dogmatically dumb.
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  • By Alex da Silva
    May 03, 2013
    03:27 PM

    He, as an individual, is an annoying pretentious douche bag, and when confronted with his bigotry he blamed over exposure or lack articulation. Really!!! Although his films are not derivative and explore the language of cinema (which is to say a lot these days) IMO most of them are very boring.
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  • By Kbar
    October 23, 2013
    06:59 PM

    "knocking somebody with artistic integrity like PTA ..." @Guy S By "artistic integrity" are you referring to his visual style and penchant for casting great actors? Because everything else...
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  • By Gary
    November 26, 2013
    08:15 PM

    Very few directors have the ability to deliver a dream/nightmare to view while not trapped in the dream state of sleep as well as Lars . Like running as fast as you can to escape, but getting nowhere. Feeling the presence of supernatural forces controlling your world but living with a denial that they exist. The absurdity of humanity as a quantum nothing in the vastness of this universe. Terrence Malick on PCP. Sure the guy's kind of a douche bag, but he doesn't have to move in with you for you to be able to appreciate and understand what he creates. Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream. Criterion, Please give us Dogville! Also Team Zissou on Bluray!
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