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The Provocative Cinema of Lars von Trier

If I have a bone to pick with Lars Von Trier, it’s over his idea of what it means to be a ‘provocateur’.

He’s always engaged in a kind of provocation – the ‘Von’ in his name is precisely that, a barb designed to offend a left-wing, anti-old-money milleu. ‘Von’ is an appellation that denotes not only Junker forbears, but pride in those forbears. Doubtless, when he adopted it, most of whom were born ‘Von’ would choose to omit it. He, on the other hand, was born into this . . .

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