Posted on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac has attracted a lot of attention, that’s for sure, but is it actually good enough to sustain that attention? Happily for his fans, the answer seems to be a resounding yes. Reviews have begun trickling out of Europe, where the film opens later this month, and so far the consensus is that — for all the hubbub about its hardcore sex scenes — it’s more of an intellectual stimulation than a sexual one.
To be clear, the reviews are all for the two-part, four-hour edit of the movie, not the five-and-a-half-hour director’s cut that von Trier favors. The former is the version that’ll hit theaters around the world; when, where, and how the latter version will be released remains unclear. For now, though, it seems the four-hour cut is perfectly satisfying on its own. Reviewers remarked that the film feels pretty complete as it is, and one stressed that regardless of whether von Trier had the final say, “Nymphomaniac couldn’t have been made by anyone else”
Hit the jump to read the early buzz.
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That first big batch of orgasmic Nymphomaniac posters was eye-catching for obvious reasons, and appropriate as the first public face for a movie that is probably going to me the most explicit non-porno most people see in the next year. But they were so over the top as to be almost comic. (See any of the many Brady Bunch photoshops to make the point.)
These two new posters are much more restrained, and are far more creepy for it. Sure, the “crop-as-heart” idea is pretty easy to digest, but what’s the fishing hook all about? Ew. That’s just off-putting. See them both in full below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
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.
Check out the clip, via Vimeo, below. Read More »