#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 1964 in small town Washington state. Selma Jezková, a Czechoslovakian immigrant, and her preteen son Gene live in a rented trailer owned by and on the property of married Bill and Linda Houston, he the town sheriff. Beyond Bill and Linda, Selma has a small group of friends who look out for her, including her primary confidante, Kathy, with who she works, and Jeff who wants to be her boyfriend. Jeff regularly waits outside Selma’s workplace long before the end of her shift to drive her home, despite she always refusing in not wanting to lead him on. Her primary job is working on the Anderson Tool factory assembly line, but she does whatever she can to earn money. What only Kathy knows among Selma’s friends is that she is slowly going blind, her medical condition being genetic. Selma is barely able to see, just enough to do her job. Her primary reason for moving to the US and for working all the time is to earn enough money for an operation for Gene when he turns thirteen, he who doesn’t know anything about his mother or his own degenerative eyesight. None of Selma’s friends, not even Kathy, know about the money for Gene’s operation. Beyond this sole goal of the operation, Selma allows only one indulgence in her life, anything having to do with musicals, which she loves, it an escape from the problems of her life. Kathy often takes her to the cinema to watch old musicals, Kathy who has to describe to Selma what is happening on the screen much to the other patrons’ chagrin. Selma also has the lead of Maria in a community theater production of “The Sound of Music”. Close to having enough money for the operation, Selma is in a race against time before she loses enough of her sight not to be able to work or participate in the musical production. What may also threaten Selma’s goal of the operation for Gene is some financial problems facing Bill. He feels pressured to provide Linda with the comforts of life to which she is accustomed that he believes she requires in their marriage to be satisfied, and as such he is reluctant to tell Linda of those financial problems.
Plot: Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma learns to cope through her love of musicals, escaping life’s troubles – even if just for a moment – by dreaming up little numbers to the rhythmic beats of her surroundings.
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Dancer in the Dark (2000)-dir. Lars von Trier
For some, “Dancer in the Dark” is viewed as one of the greatest films of all time, but for others, it’s viewed as a melodramatic, pretentious mess. The film stars Björk as Selma-a Czech immigrant who suffers from a (unnamed) disease which is gradually causing her to go blind. She saves her money for an operation to prevent her son from going blind. The plot has been criticised for being overtly melodramatic and formulaic. The plot of “Dancer in the Dark” isn’t anything exciting or original, but it works. “Dancer in the Dark” is a musical, though it hardly feels like one. “Dancer in the Dark” is a gut-wrenching, but not overtly sentimental tearjerker in which Björk completely immerses herself in her role as the natural and innocent Selma. Also, worth mentioning are the performances of Catherine Deneuve as Selma’s best friend Kathy and Peter Stormare as her shy neighbor Jeff. I admired the simplicity of this film adherring the some of the rules of Dogme 95, a film movement created by von Trier (Dancer in the Dark’s director) which aimed to create filmmaking based on the traditional values of story, acting, and theme, and excluding the use of elaborate special effects or technology in the hope that the industry would give the power back to the artist as opposed to the studio. “Dancer in the Dark” works as both a homage to the musical genre and as a tearjerker, if not a little melodramatic. 8/10
Odd, bleak, but ultimately transfixing musical drama, pop singer Björk immerses herself completely in this tailor-made role.
The reviews were extremely black and white for this art-house film. People were either enthralled or bored to tears by the whole experience. There seemed to be no middle ground. Now, that’s my kind of movie. Any picture that can reap awards (Cannes Film Festival) and get lambasted by the general public at the same time will always pique my interest. In respect, it was a rich, rewarding odyssey, much easier to get through than, let’s say, even half of “8½.”
My initial respect for the unique, uncompromising style of Danish director Lars von Trier goes back to his compelling work in “Zentropa” and “Breaking the Waves,” both bleak, surrealistic studies of man vs. reality. His pieces usually center around some innocent, simple-minded, self-sacrificing soul who inevitably succumbs to the cruelties of life.
I found the central role of Selma (as played by the extraordinary Björk) to be very much the emotional equivalent of Emily Watson’s touchingly childlike, near-sociopath Bess in “Breaking the Waves” — blessed and cursed with a naive, soulful purity. Selma represents one of God’s little quirks of nature. A bespectacled, pathetically infantile little ragamuffin completely out of touch, Selma has somehow survived like the runt of a litter would – through luck, will power, and the extreme kindness of those around her. An impoverished Czech-born emigré living in a small Northwestern U.S. industrial town during the mid-60s, this luckless creature manages to eek out a meager Airstream-like existence as a factory worker, despite the fact she is legally blind.
Selma is, amazingly enough, a mother. Seemingly ill-equipped to care for a child much less herself, she has nevertheless managed to provide for the 12-year-old boy, while nurturing the child as a young girl would her rag doll. The fairly adjusted boy suffers, however, from the same optic disease as the mother, while the crux of the story revolves around her attempts to save up money for his inevitable operation.
The fascination of “Dancer in the Dark” lies in Selma’s musical world. With her eyesight failing, her ears become the only sense of joy, falling periodically into bouts of fantasy anytime she grabs onto a rhythm or beat (like machine sounds, train engines, etc.), wherein she becomes the star of her own working-class musical production. These compelling sequences become mere extensions of her real-life circumstances, i.e., the musical interludes at work will include the factory itself as a set piece and the other workers as her ensemble. A strange mix of Fellini neo-realism and Busby Berkeley illusion, these daydreams (sparked by Vincent Paterson’s inventive choreography and von Trier’s purposely puerile lyrics) become her only escape. Björk’s odd musical talent and vocal style may be an acquired taste, but she is so mesmerizing here it becomes a non-issue. In addition, there are brief moments of levity as a hopelessly inept community theater production of “The Sound of Music” goes into rehearsals with the very awkward Selma playing Maria.
The subordinate cast is equally in tune. The wonderful, beguiling French star Catherine Deneuve downplays her ethereal beauty as Kathy, Selma’s co-worker and trusted friend. And a strange, maternalistic friendship it is indeed, for this woman seems to have no other purpose in life than to be this girl’s eyes and hands, looking out for her practically day and night. Peter (“Fargo”) Stormare shies away from his ruthless killer image with this touching portrayal of a sensitive, almost pitiable boor who only has eyes for the ungainly Selma. David Morse is gripping as a seemingly compassionate but despairing policeman whose one desperate act involving neighbor Selma results in tragedy. Joel Grey has a brief, telling moment near the film’s end as a faded musical star idolized by Selma.
As in his other featured works, von Trier’s gritty, hand-held camera work may be dizzying to the point of distraction at first but its overall impact to the stark proceedings is unquestionable. Moreover, the grueling paces he puts his actresses through to achieve absolute truth borders on misogyny but the rewards are tenfold. As in the case of Emily Watson, Björk has never shined brighter as an artist.
A harrowing, refreshingly original piece of filmmaking that should be experienced by anybody who dares to be different.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 20 min (140 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Musical
Director Lars von Trier
Writer Lars von Trier
Actors Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare
Country Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, UK, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Argentina, Norway, Taiwan, Belgium
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 35 wins & 48 nominations.
Production Company Icelandic Film Corporation, FilmFour, Trust Film, Constantin Film Produktion, Blind Spot Pictures Oy, Cinematograph A/S, What Else? B.V., Yleisradio, Danmarks Radio, Arte, Zentropa Entertainments, TV 1000, Liberator Productions, Lantia Cinema, SVT Drama, Angel Films A/S, Canal+, Film i Väst, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, VPRO Television, Arte France Cinema, France 3 Cinéma
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, DTS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Sony DSR-1P (with custom anamorphic lenses), Sony DSR-PD100P (with custom anamorphic lenses), Sony DSR-PD150 (with custom anamorphic lenses), Sony DXC-D30WSP (with custom anamorphic lenses)
Film Length (10 reels), 3,845 m (Sweden), 4,065 m (Spain)
Negative Format Video (PAL)
Cinematographic Process DVCAM (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Fuji F-CP 3519D)