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Dancer in the dark

Author: Lars von TrierBjörk.Vincent PatersonVibeke WindeløvPeter Aalbæk JensenAll authors
Publisher: U.S. : New Line Home Video, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Video : Videodisc   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Combining drama and musical theater, this dark fable depicts a factory worker who is gradually losing her eyesight due to a hereditary disease. As she struggles to save money for an operation for her similarly-afflicted son, she finds solace in Hollywood musicals and her fantasies of music and dancing in the drab world she inhabits.
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Genre/Form: Features
Motion pictures
Musicals
Drama
Video
Interviews
Named Person: Björk.; Catherine Deneuve; David Morse; Peter Stormare; Joel Grey; Cara Seymour; Jean-Marc Barr; Vincent Paterson; Vincent Paterson; Siobhan Fallon; Zeljko Ivanek; Udo Kier; Lars von Trier; Vibeke Windeløv; Per Kirkeby
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Lars von Trier; Björk.; Vincent Paterson; Vibeke Windeløv; Peter Aalbæk Jensen; Karl Juliusson; Manon Rasmussen; Per Kirkeby; Fine Line Features.; Liberator Productions.; New Line Home Video (Firm)
ISBN: 078063408X 9780780634084
OCLC Number: 83689011
Notes: Letterboxed widescreen format (2.40:1 aspect ratio). Enhanced for widescreen televisions.
Audio options: 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound, DTS surround sound, 2.0 stereo Dolby Digital surround sound.
Closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired.
Credits: Lyrics, Lars von Trier and Sjón Sigurdsson ; production design, Karl Juliusson ; art direction, Peter Grant ; costumes, Manon Rasmussen ; director of photography, Robby Müller ; executive producer, Peter Aalbæk Jensen ; overture sequence [paintings], Per Kirkeby.
Cast: Björk (Selma) ; Catherine Deneuve (Kathy) ; David Morse (Bill) ; Peter Stormare (Jeff) ; Joel Grey (Oldrich Novy) ; Cara Seymour (Linda) ; Vladica Kostic (Gene) ; Jean-Marc Barr (Norman) ; Vincent Paterson (Samuel) ; Siobhan Fallon (Brenda) ; Ẑeljko Ivanek (district attorney) ; Udo Kier (Dr. Porkorny) ; others.
Description: 1 videodisc (195 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. (videodisc)
Contents: Feature presentation (ca. 141 min.). Music and dance numbers: Overture [music only] --
"Cvalda" / performed by Bjö̋rk, Catherine Deneuve, and others --
"I've seen it all" / performed by Björk, Peter Stormare, and others --
"In the musicals, Part 1" / performed by Björk, Vincent Paterson, and others --
"In the musicals, Part 2" / performed by Björk, Joel Grey, and others --
"107 steps" / performed by Björk and others --
"Next to last song" / performed by Björk --
"New world" (end credits). Special features: Audio commentaries: Filmmaker commentary by Lars von Trier, producer Vibeke Windeløv, technical supervisor Peter Hjorth, and artist Per Kirkeby --
Choreographer commentary by Vincent Paterson. Documentaries: 100 cameras: capturing Lars von Trier's vision (ca. 14 min.) / discussion of the camera work for the film ; includes interviews with Lars von Trier, Vincent Paterson, and Peter Hjorth --
Choreography: creating Vincent Paterson's dance sequences (ca. 24 min.) / Paterson discusses his choreographic process and his use of video as a tool for recording and developing his ideas ; he comments on selected musical numbers, which are shown in rehearsal footage and master tapes. Alternate scenes: "Cvalda" version 2 (ca. 4 min.) --
"I've seen it all" version 2 (ca. 5 min.) --
"I've seen it all" version 3 (ca. 4 min.). Selma's music: song by song access to the film. Cast and crew: filmographies of Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Jean-Marc Barr, Joel Grey, Lars von Trier. Original theatrical trailer (ca. 2 1/2 min.). DVD-ROM features: Original theatrical web site.
Responsibility: presented by Fine Line Features, Zentropa Entertainments4, Trust Film Svenska, Film 1 Väst, and Liberator Productions ; written and directed by Lars von Trier ; produced by Vibeke Windeløv ; music by Björk ; choreography and dance direction by Vincent Paterson.

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Combining drama and musical theater, this dark fable depicts a factory worker who is gradually losing her eyesight due to a hereditary disease. As she struggles to save money for an operation for her similarly-afflicted son, she finds solace in Hollywood musicals and her fantasies of music and dancing in the drab world she inhabits.

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