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Macabre Films
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THE KINGDOM, parts I & II (1994 and 1996, Denmark)
dir: Lars Von Trier

 

 

both films, 270 mins approx. - French version (dubbed)
starring: Ernst-Hugo Jaregard, Kirsten Rolffes, Soren Pitmark, Holger Juul Hansen

Like ER on acid!!! Lars Von Trier's epic film series The Kingdom is a masterwork of surreal proportions. The film details the bizarre goings-on in a labyrinthine hospital in Copenhagen called 'The Kingdom'. Malpractice suits abound, there are ghosts in the elevators, people making love in the dream labs and a pair of holy fools washing dishes in the basement. The films are toned a beautiful light sepia (an effect von Trier achieved by filming in 16mm, transferring to video, filming on 16mm, and finally transaferring to 35mm) and contain some stunning free-floating camera-work, which combine to create an immersive, dreamlike filmic experience

 

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