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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and Brilliant...Most Unique Film I Have Ever Seen, 28 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Dogville [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
I've gone back and forth between thinking that this film is incredibly sick and incredibly brilliant. I still can't make up my mind, so all I can say is that is the most unique film I have ever seen: a very sick and amazing film, showing the darkness of the human heart when there are no rules to protect its victim. It starts out very slow, but gets good after 30 minutes (it is nearly 3 hours long). The violence of this film surpasses Pulp Fiction, but in a much more subtle way (if I was to say any more I would give the whole film away). The symbolism is worthy of analysis...a film student could write for days about what they see in this film...and afterwards, your mind will be racing and trying to make sense of it all. This is, in my opinion, the best work Nicole Kidman has ever done.
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2010, 11:11:13 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2012, 18:28:49 GMT
Neil S. Hall says:
No, Rebecca, it is you who are right. As regards the previous insulting and abusive commentator, one need only read his words to see the quality of his mind. What does he actually mean by the phrase "(t)o even class this utter tripe into the category of Cinema"? We'll ignore the split infinitive - clearly Patrick H Williams wouldn't know a split infinitive if it fell on him, and this gives some indication of his educational level and degree of cultural insight. The word "cinema" means "film". As Dogville is a film it belongs in the category of "cinema" regardless of its quality. And if Patrick H Williams wants his opinions to be taken seriously he should consult a dictionary and discover that a) "media" is a common, not a proper noun and therefore doesn't require a capital "m", and b) that "media" is plural, and the word he needed was "medium". We are all entitled to our opinions, but if people want to rubbish the opinions of others they might at least do so in intelligible English rather than advertising their ignorance and illiteracy by writing "utter tripe".

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2016, 18:58:21 GMT
I'm with you all the way except in your assertion that the split infinitive per se is still considered bad grammar - this has not now been the case for many years (OUD) - also please read "Bryson Mother Tongue" page 135) - he demolishes the idea that splitting the infinitive was ever incorrect. "To" is no more an essential part of an infinitive than the definite article is an essential part of a nominative, and no one would think of calling "the good man" a split nominative.

For all of that, I agree that the original comment is appalling English.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2016, 05:56:26 BST
Also, the word 'cinema' doesn't 'mean film'! It comes from the Greek 'kinema', meaning "movement', as in kinetic energy. Otherwise, agreed wholeheartedly.
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