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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. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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