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Dancer in the Dark

"You don't need eyes to see."

Dancer in the Dark – With his third film from the series “Heart of Gold Trilogy” Lars von Trier takes us on a passionate music adventure of a poor Czech immigrant who moves to the states with her son. Iceland’s singer Björk plays the main character. The Film uses stylistic techniques from old 1950’s and 60’s American musicals along with the Dogma approach to ...

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Released: May 17th, 2000
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Dancer in the Dark Main Cast

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Björk
plays Selma Jezkova
Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve
plays Kathy
David Morse
David Morse
plays Bill Houston
Peter Stormare
Peter Stormare
plays Jeff
Joel Grey
Joel Grey
plays Oldrich Novy
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Selma knocks on the door and her foreman answers it the door opens from the wrong direction and they are clearly not in the same factory building.
  • Writer-director Lars von Trier's first draft screenplay was called "Taps" and featured tap dancing in every scene. Choreographer Vincent Paterson convinced von Trier that it would be far too difficult, if not impossible, to teach something as "technical" as tap dancing to Björk and the other cast members within a reasonable period of time. Von Trier rewrote the screenplay so that the songs would be more in the style of "traditional" Hollywood musicals, but retained some of the tap-dancing motif with the character of Oldrich Novy.
  • In her September 2005 book "Close Up and Personal", Catherine Deneuve writes of the difficulties of filming this movie. Despite some initial misgivings (filming of the musical scene in the factory was "disordered", and film preparations ran late) Deneuve decided that things would be professional, as Lars von Trier knew what he wanted to do and people would follow his lead. Later, however, she says she realized there was no point asking von Trier to explain her character further, because she didn't have many scenes. Deneuve's account makes it clear both Von Trier and Björk were difficult to work with, but she also comments that she enjoyed the experience, while not making real connections.
  • The role of Cathy, Selma's best friend, was originally written for an African-American woman. However, Catherine Deneuve, who had written to Lars von Trier several years earlier about the possibility of doing a film together, expressed interest in the part. Von Trier cast her and slightly rewrote the part as a French immigrant woman to accommodate Deneuve.
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Movie Series/Collection

Breaking The Waves
1996
- Breaking The Waves
The Idiots
1998
- The Idiots
Dancer in the Dark
2000
- Dancer in the Dark

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