Feyman Lectures on Physics

Aug 15, 2016

Reminiscence of films by director Lars von Trier:

Lars von Trier (Denmark) loves to shock and tease by his unorthodox style and themes. He makes you uncomfortable, sad, exasperated, and even irritated if you could sync with his themes.

Dogville (2003) - His most underrated, hated, and stylized film is not anti-American. The story in its bare bone form can happen anywhere in the world, particularly in the so called civilized society where hypocrisy and exploitation of the meek and the gentle is the order of the day. It's style reminded me of many Marathi plays staged by experimental theatre movements like Rangayan, PDA, and Theatre Academy during 1965-1985. The end puts a different spin on the entire theme.

Dancer In the Dark (2000) - What a tragedy! Unconventional and disturbing. There is no other way but to agree with Roger Ebert: "Some people will admire Lars von Trier for his "Dancer in the Dark" and others will despise it. An excellent case can be made for both positions."

Melancholia (2011): Lars von Trier exploits the unconventional theme - that of another planet colliding with the Earth. Life is sure to be wiped out. How would a small family behave in the last few months before the doomsday? Every moment is saturated with the common knowledge that Earth is about to collide with an enormous planet named Melancholia. Life loses the meaning even before the end comes. In the dark hours the depressed Justine (Kirsten Dunststands steady compared to her restless but otherwise - in the normal circumstances - more stable sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg).

Then there are his early films Europa which won Prix du Jury at Cannes (1991); and "Breaking the waves" which won Grand Prix at Cannes (1996). 

Lars is known for his idiosyncrasies and controversies and yet few would deny his impact on the world cinema of the 21st century.

Here is one excellent Marathi translation of Brahmasutra Shankara Bhashya by Vishnu Shastri Bapat: Brahmasutra-Shankarbhashya-Marathi-Anuvad