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One thing that’s remained unclear through all the chatter about the two different cuts of Nymphomaniac in existence, and Lars von Trier’s feelings about the shorter version, and potential distribution plans for the longer version, is when, exactly, U.S. audiences would get to see this gloriously NSFW sexual epic.

Magnolia’s been set to distribute for some time now, but has only now gotten around to setting a Stateside premiere date. Or rather, two Stateside premiere dates. Hit the jump for all the details on the film’s American release.

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As with nearly everything relating to the new Lars von Trier movie, Nymphomaniac, there’s always a degree of genuine storytelling, and a certain amount of savvy promotional spin. You don’t make a two-part film that is sexually explicit to the point of being hardcore without angling for a degree of prurient attention based solely on the fact that the film might show some famous peoples’ junk. (See the very not safe for work trailer for a tease on that front.)

The big conversation of late has been in what form most of us will see Nymphomaniac. While Trier’s own cut is said to clock in at well over five hours, when the project hits screens in Denmark this Christmas it will be neatly trimmed into a two-part, four-hour affair. The naughty stuff will all be on display, with local distributors given the option to optically blur elements, or not, as they see fit.

Now we’ve got a bit more info about when we’ll see Trier’s cut, and just what will be in that extra feature’s worth of footage.  Read More »


After several tantalizing “appetizers,” including one deemed too hot for YouTube, the first full-length trailer has arrived for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac. And yes, it’s everything we’ve come to expect: beautiful, unsettling, explosive, steamy, chaotic, and wildly NSFW. (Like, really, super, completely not safe for work.)

Charlotte Gainsbourg stars as Joe, who is beaten and left for dead on a cold evening. A stranger named Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) takes her in, and she gives him her very sexy life story. Stacy Martin plays the younger version of Joe, and gets almost as much screentime here as the older one does. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Last week, producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen revealed that the cut of Nymphomaniac that’d make it to Danish theaters wouldn’t be the one Lars von Trier wanted to make. His director’s cut was a butt-numbing 5 1/2 hours long, prompting distributors to whittle it down to a more marketable four hours.

However, Jensen now adds that the longer version could find a release after all, if von Trier really wants it to. It’ll just have to go through alternate routes. Hit the jump to read his explanation, and to check out two more steamy posters.

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Pretty much every conversation about making and releasing films could start with the same line: film is all about compromise. There’s a balance of money, talent, time, and other factors that can be impossible to quantify.

Lars von Trier isn’t a guy known for his willingness to compromise, but that doesn’t mean it is any less a factor in his filmmaking. But for his new project, Nymphomaniac, he may be compromising in a way that is new to him. And that isn’t a bad thing at all.

In short, we’ve heard in the past that the film, which traces a woman’s sexual life from her first moments to age 50, would be released as a two-movie set, in both hardcore and softcore versions. The two movies, as assembled by Trier, clock in at over five hours. But for the debut Danish release of Nymphomaniac this Christmas, audiences will see a four-hour cut that was not done by Trier. In addition, that plan to release two versions has been changed, and we’ve got the details below. Read More »

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Clips from Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac are being released to the internet at a steady pace, and the latest was too much for YouTube. Maybe it was the explicit oral sex, or maybe it was Shia LaBeouf‘s make out technique. Or maybe it’s the three-way — actually, probably not in this case, since the three-way in question is a three-camera split screen, not a tangle of three people.

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All you have to say is “Lars von Trier sex movie” to get someone interested in Nymphomaniac. The controversial director has told many visceral and beautiful stories over his career, often with a great sexual frankness, that the idea of him making full movie about sexuality just screams “potential.”

Speaking of screaming, fourteen character posters for the film have just been released that are sure to make even more people excited about the film. They show the film’s stars — actors as Shia LaBeoufJamie Bell,  Uma ThurmanWillem DafoeStellan SkarsgårdChristian Slater, and Charlotte Gainsbourg — in their most intimate moments. I believe on The League they call it “Vinegar Strokes,” the moment right before, and during orgasm. Check out these provocative posters below. Read More »


In the first clip from Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac, two bored young women turned sex into a game. The latest snippet, however, warns that sleeping around can have its downsides. Pulled from a segment titled “Mrs. H,” it shows Joe (played as a young woman by Stacy Martin and as a grownup by Charlotte Gainsbourg) dealing with the consequences of sleeping with a married man (Hugo Speer).

His wife (Uma Thurman) is none too thrilled when she finds out, as you might imagine. She subsequently expresses her anger in most awkward way possible: by offering to show their kids “daddy’s favorite place,” the “whoring bed” on which he had his affair. Watch the scene after the jump.

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Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac doesn’t even have a U.S. release date yet, but Magnolia has already offered up a little morsel to whet our appetite for the film.

The just-released clip comes from the first chapter of the film, called “The Compleat Angler.” Although Joe is the nymphomaniac of the film’s title, in this early scene she’s the naive one. It’s her worldlier friend B (Sophie Kennedy Clark) who schools her in the art of seduction while on a train. Stacy Martin plays the younger version of Joe, who’s portrayed as an adult by Charlotte Gainsbourg. Watch it after the jump.

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You’re on the internet, so you’ve probably seen the fake celebrity porn GIF. That’s where some enterprising kid (or whomever) uses a photo editor to graft a famous face onto porn action. You won’t see a Jennifer Aniston sex tape, for example, but you can probably find hundreds of fake images, GIFs and videos that approximate the effect. All it takes is a little suspension of disbelief, and isn’t that what movies are all about? (OK, it also takes a willingness to ignore the gross part of the whole enterprise.)

We’ve known that Lars von Trier is making two versions of his two-part film Nymphomaniac, which chronicles the sexual life of a woman played by Charlotte Gainsbourg. There’ll be the “hardcore” version featuring explicit sex for some territories, and then the “softcore” version for the prudes. Now one of the film’s producers has described the technique used to create the hardcore version, and it sounds… weird, and basically like making a very intricate fake porn GIF. Read More »