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New Left Review I/238, November-December 1999

John Roberts

Dogme 95

With the release of Lars Von Trier’s The Idiots (1998), the work of a group of Danish film makers who work collectively and individually under the ‘documentary’ and verité demands of Dogme 95 has now begun to achieve a measure of critical visibility. In fact, with the release of Festen (1998), by Thomas Vinterberg, another leading member of the group, and Soren Kragh-Jacobsen’s Mifune (1999), their films have found a popular audience outside Denmark. Moreover, this international reputation is now being matched by a new international dimension to the collective itself. Recently, the director of Gummo (1997), and writer of Kids (Larry Clark, 1996), Harmony Korine, has agreed to film under their strictures.

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