Andrew Mobbs (mobbsy) wrote,
Andrew Mobbs
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Dogville

Last night I watched Dogville, it's a superb film. Lars von Trier is the writer, director and camera operator, and gives us a theatrical film that strips away nearly all cinematography to leave the actors entirely responsible for carrying the film. It's not an easy film to watch though, it's a clever and bitter fable on human weakness.

It was also an effective and very harsh questioning of some of the liberal ideals I hold dear.

Do you forgive things in others that you wouldn't in yourself? Is that compassionate or arrogant? Are some people simply better people than others?

Update - I suppose I should answer my own questions. Yes I do, and it's got me accused of both arrogance and moral cowardice in the past, sometimes fairly. I do make excuses for people's circumstances, and believe that there's a sense of reasonable humanity somewhere in nearly everybody (I'd accept there are some exceptional cases where this might not be true, but I don't think I've ever met anybody like that).
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