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Lars von Trier submitted ‘Orchidégartneren’ AKA ‘The Orchid Gardener’ (1977) as part of his application to film school. Many of the aesthetic and thematic fetishes of his later feature length films (including the Dogme 95 films and his more recent return to the ‘fantastic’ in ‘Antichrist,’ ‘Melancholia,’ and the recent ‘Nymphomaniac’) are already evident here. The film, as its subtitle says, tells “part of the story of Victor Marse”, an artist (played by Lars himself).

“As well as setting his magnificent ‘Europa’ in a post-fascist Berlin, first student films also had a strong Nazi theme; at 21, he made a film called ‘The Orchid Gardener’ where he played the lead as a misogynistic transvestite in a Nazi uniform, killing pigeons. More than 20 years later, at the press conference for ‘Melacholia’ in Cannes, he famously said: ‘What can I say? I understand Hitler. He did some wrong things, absolutely, but I can see him sitting there in his bunker at the end… I sympathise with him, yes, a little bit.’ He followed this with the instant, if super-awkard, retract ‘I am very much in favour of the jews.’” —Ten things you didn’t know about Lars von Trier

Begining with ‘Nocturne,’ a short film produced in his early 20s (the effort earned him the Best Film award at the Munich International Festival of Film Schools), his precocious talent was cemented when his 1982 student film ‘Images of Liberation’ was the first ever to recieve a nationwide theatrical release in Denmark. Since then, he’s made an indelable impact on modern cinema.

Embeded below is ‘En Blomst’ (1971), a short film Lars von Trier made when he was 15. “The 1971 film, shot by the then 15-year-old director who was going as Lars Trier, shows signs of the sensibility for a bit of shock that he would develop later on. The music choices and even the ‘plot’ all seem like ingredients he would use in later efforts, but mostly, this seven-minute movie is a nice peek of a director developing his skills.” —Kevin Jagernauth

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“I think it’s important that we all try to give something to this medium, instead of just thinking about what is the most efficient way of telling a story or making an audience stay in a cinema.” —Lars von Trier

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Day 100 - DDP Yoga
Hey folks, followers, friends!
It’s my day 100 on doing DDP Yoga and till now, it was an awesome experience! Getting fit, losing weight, getting my life back! Lost nearly 90 pounds in this time by eating clean and healthy most of the time thx to DDPs nutrition guide and doing these amazing workouts, DDP created.
I can remember the time when I’ve started with the Diamond Dozen and struggled with my first Energy and Fatburner-workouts… but now I’m doing them on a daily base, often with a Red Hot Core-addition. Also love Wake-Up in the morning, sometimes trying Stand-Up, what is really challenging if you have some serious balancing problems like me for my whole life… But on one day in the future, I will do it!
Done Mix-Tape for three days in a row know and really like it for its variation and pace!
It’s not only a workout, it’s a life-changing decision doing DDP Yoga!
THX to Dallas, Arthur, Christina (follow her on http://bodyrebooted.tumblr.com ), Jake the Snake, Scott Hall and so many other people on the internet for their inspiration!
Check out DDP Yoga: http://www.ddpyoga.com

Day 100 - DDP Yoga

Hey folks, followers, friends!

It’s my day 100 on doing DDP Yoga and till now, it was an awesome experience! Getting fit, losing weight, getting my life back! Lost nearly 90 pounds in this time by eating clean and healthy most of the time thx to DDPs nutrition guide and doing these amazing workouts, DDP created.

I can remember the time when I’ve started with the Diamond Dozen and struggled with my first Energy and Fatburner-workouts… but now I’m doing them on a daily base, often with a Red Hot Core-addition. Also love Wake-Up in the morning, sometimes trying Stand-Up, what is really challenging if you have some serious balancing problems like me for my whole life… But on one day in the future, I will do it!

Done Mix-Tape for three days in a row know and really like it for its variation and pace!

It’s not only a workout, it’s a life-changing decision doing DDP Yoga!

THX to Dallas, Arthur, Christina (follow her on http://bodyrebooted.tumblr.com ), Jake the Snake, Scott Hall and so many other people on the internet for their inspiration!

Check out DDP Yoga: http://www.ddpyoga.com

stayforthecredits

While Johansson’s first Marvel appearance in Iron Man 2 may have relied somewhat upon sex appeal, this was quickly nixed in favor of characterizing her as the most cerebral Avenger. Her most important scenes in The Avengers relied upon her intelligence and skills as a spy, to the extent that she even managed to outwit Loki, the God of Lies. At the end of the movie, she’s the one who closes the portal that let all the aliens into New York. Then in Winter Soldier she’s given second billing to Captain America, a meaty role that showcases a wide-ranging skillset that stretches far beyond just “kicking ass.” At no point during any of these movies does she seduce anyone, by the way.

Sadly, there’s very little sign of this character in the most easily accessible reviews of both The Avengers and Winter Soldier. Judging by the Guardian, WSJ, or New Yorker, Black Widow is more like a blow-up doll with a black belt. By their logic, if she’s wearing a tight outfit, then she must be a sexy ass-kicker, meaning that she must be the token female character, and therefore is little more than eye candy.

With that thought process in mind, it must make perfect sense to relegate Black Widow to a single sniggering comment about her catsuit, because obviously Scarlett Johansson is just there for decoration. And if you’ve read in the New York Times that Black Widow is a token female character, then chances are you’ll have internalized that opinion before you even buy a ticket. The feedback loop of misogynist preconceptions continues on, and in the end, we all lose out.