In 1995, director Lars von Trier contacted Thomas Vinterberg, whom he considered the most promising young Danish filmmaker. (Vinterberg had then not yet made his first feature film, The Biggest Heroes, but had directed two well-regarded shorts, Last Round and The Boy Who Walked Backwards.) Von Trier invited him to be not only a member of Dogme 95—a movement that sought to generate a new level of focus on storytelling and performance, as a direct counter to big-budget films’ perceived overreliance on special effects and other digital tools—but also the cowriter of its manifesto. According to Vinterberg, it took half an hour for von Trier and him to come up with the ten governing rules.
10 Things I Learned: The Incredible Shrinking Man
The producer of our edition of this existentialist sci-fi classic shares what she learned about the film’s eye-popping special effects and its vibrant cast (including feline screen star Orangey).
10 Things I Learned: Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films
The consulting producer of our box-set tribute to one of American cinema’s most uncompromising artists shares some facts she learned about the filmmaker’s eclectic career and global perspective.
10 Things I Learned: Visions of Eight
The producer of our edition of this ambitious omnibus film about the 1972 Munich Olympic Games details how its dynamic group of international directors came to be involved with the project.
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