History is filled with year-long revolutions some of which were pretty brutal as well. When the word movement is heard, we get images of social rebellion, something to do with politics, freedom or probably self-expression? Because of the ending of the Cold War as well as the downfall of the Soviet Union, there came about a very quick progression of globalization, democracy as well as capitalism on a global scale. These events were the binding forces that reunited the world and relaxed the drifts and clashes between the countries. Barriers came down, and film ideas and genres were put forward and established for migration across borders. The advancement in technologies like growing personal computers, the internet and the techniques used in filmmaking leading to the digital era were a great help in transporting ideas as well as films around the globe.

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DOGMA 95 is a rescue action! In enough was enough! The movie was dead and called for resurrection. The goal was correct but the means were not! The new wave proved to be a ripple that washed ashore and turned to muck. Slogans of individualism and freedom created works for a while, but no changes.

The wave was up for grabs, like the directors themselves. The wave was never stronger than the men behind it. The anti-bourgeois cinema itself became bourgeois, because the foundations upon which its theories were based was the bourgeois perception of art. The auteur concept was bourgeois romanticism from the very start and thereby… false!

Today a technological storm is raging, the result of which will be the ultimate democratization of the cinema. For the first time, anyone can make movies. But the more accessible the medium becomes, the more important the avant-garde. Discipline is the answer… we must put our films into uniform, because the individual film will be decadent by definition!

The movie had been cosmeticized to death, they said; yet since then the use of cosmetics has exploded. Is that what we are so proud of? Illusions via which emotions can be communicated? Predictability dramaturgy has become the golden calf around which we dance. As never before, the superficial action and the superficial movie are receiving all the praise. The result is barren.

An illusion of pathos and an illusion of love. Today a technological storm is raging of which the result is the elevation of cosmetics to God. By using new technology anyone at any time can wash the last grains of truth away in the deadly embrace of sensation. The illusions are everything the movie can hide behind.


Dogme 95: Understanding the Radical Film Movement

DOGMA 95 is a rescue action! In enough was enough! The movie was dead and called for resurrection. The goal was correct but the means were not!


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Share via Email Nudity The Idiots , directed by Lars von Trier. The Idiots was one of the first films to emerge from the Dogme 95 movement. Three years earlier, its ringleader Von Trier had stood up at a Paris conference and showered its audience with pamphlets. These were the bigwigs of European film; the pamphlets were the manifesto for a new doctrine of chastity that rejected much of what they stood for. Part-gimmick and part-sincere, Dogme raged against the unrealistic plotlines and overwrought visuals of mainstream cinema. Directors went uncredited.


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Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg wrote and co-signed the manifesto and its companion "vows". Vinterberg said that they wrote the pieces in 45 minutes. The cinema world had gathered to celebrate the first century of motion pictures and contemplate the uncertain future of commercial cinema. Called upon to speak about the future of film, Lars von Trier showered a bemused audience with red pamphlets announcing "Dogme 95". In response to criticism, von Trier and Vinterberg have both stated that they just wanted to establish a new extreme: "In a business of extremely high budgets, we figured we should balance the dynamic as much as possible. Since the two films were released, other directors have made films based on Dogme principles. In total, thirty-five films made between and are considered to be part of the movement.


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Props and sets must not be brought in if a particular prop is necessary for the story, a location must be chosen where this prop is to be found. The sound must never be produced apart from the images or vice versa. Music must not be used unless it occurs where the scene is being shot. The camera must be hand-held. Any movement or immobility attainable in the hand is permitted. The film must be in color.

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