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This is what Danish director Lars von Trier said at the Cannes press conference today for his movie “Melancholia.” Mind you, he said this after saying that maybe his movie was “crap.” He also went on and on about wanting to make a three to four hour porn movie with co-stars Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg. The whole thing was nuts. Two years ago, von Trier brought his “Anti Christ’ here, the worst and most offensive movie many people had ever seen.

“For a long time I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew, then I met Susanne Bier [Danish director and winner of  Best Foreign Language Oscar and I wasn’t so happy. But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family was German. That also gave me pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler. I sympathize with him a bit.”

“I don’t mean I’m in favor of World War II and I’m not against Jews, not even Susanne Bier. In fact I’m very much in favor of them. All Jews. Well, Israel is a pain in the ass [pause] … How can I get out of this sentence? OK, I’m a Nazi.”

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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