Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Controversial Danish Filmmaker Lars von Trier Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at Age 66


Lars von Tier, whose name in Danish must mean “controversial,” has had a terrible health diagnosis. According to reports, he’s learned he has Parkinson’s Disease.

Much as von Trier in more recent years has made incomprehensibly negative films — and public statements, this is really terrible.

von Trier was banned from Cannes in 2011 after he declared, “I am a Nazi!” at the press conference for his excellent film, “Melancholia.” It was at that press conference that he said on stage that he’s like to make a “porno” with his actresses, Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

At the premiere of his most shocking and disagreeable film, “Anti-Christ,” one critic stood up and demanded to know why he made it, and to justify its existence.

But von Trier has made a lot of edgy, unusual, and provocative films of artistic integrity including “Melancholia,” “Dogville,” “Breaking the Waves,” and “Dancer in the Dark.”

Because of the diagnosis, von Trier will skip promotional activities at the Venice Film Festival for his latest Danish TV series.

Roger Friedman
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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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