46 Total Quotes

Lars Trier Quotes

We had shot very long scenes, and no scene was like the other. The actors were allowed to move within the scene as they pleased, and they never needed to follow any determined action.
Lars Trier
#Acting And Actors

For me as a director, it is extremely fun trying to add the music on the spot. Especially the moment when the music sets in and the emotional chords are engaged, is a very important means of expression.
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#Fun

If you examine the history of the cinema the way I'm constantly doing, I've tried to seek some of the lightness and enjoyment possessed by the films I refer to.
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#Cinema

If one devalues rationality, the world tends to fall apart.
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#Danish Director

Evil gives you far more strings to pull. But I must say that I have never been interested in the psychology of evil, not in the slightest. Perhaps I'm not interested in evil, but in the dark sides of human beings.
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#Evil

I think it's important that we all try to give something to this medium, instead of just thinking about what is the most efficient way of telling a story or making an audience stay in a cinema.
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#Danish Director

Actors need bricks to play with, and in fact we rejected all the improvised fragments we had made without a plan. Improvisation without a plan is like tennis without tennis balls.
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#Danish Director

If you tell a man what to do in real life, to which extent is it reality and to which extent are you in control?
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#Life

My transgression, which I have confessed to countless times, that I used stand-ins in the sex-scene is also of a grave nature because it was essential for me to include that effect. Again this means that you are manipulating-that you want to control things.
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#Sex

I'd toyed with a couple of ideas beforehand, but I hadn't written a single cue, and it was a wonderful feeling to just write away.
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#Ideas

In many ways the six weeks of shooting was the most intense film experience I've ever had.
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#Experience

I always do something that I've never done before.
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#Danish Director

The risk is that you furnish the project with new suggestions to try and freshen it up; it's not always beneficial. You risk betraying the original intention with the story, forgetting what it is you really want to portray.
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#Risk

I'm having a vacation, and it's so beautiful, and maybe I'll never get another film idea in my life.
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#Danish Director

I'm happy that I'm alive. I feel like someone coming back from Vietnam, you know; I'm sure that later on I'll start killing people in a square somewhere, but right now, I just feel happy to be alive.
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#Danish Director #Vietnam

It felt important to find some actors who really had the enthusiasm to participate. And I think it feels as if the heart is in it among those we finally chose.
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#Enthusiasm

It would be difficult to avoid breathing here in life. It's a contradiction in terms, because no matter what choice you make, it's dramaturgy. Dogma 95 contains a few impossible, paradoxical rules, but the same goes for religious dogmas, too.
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#Choice

Far be it from me to force anyone into either chess or dressage, but if you choose to do so yourself, in my opinion there is only one way: follow the rules.
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#Chess #Danish Director

I don't worship Catholicism for Catholicism's own sake. I have felt the need to experience a sense of belonging with a religious community, because my parents were convinced atheists.
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#Catholicism

I had an almost fetishistic attraction to film technology.
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#Danish Director

I sit there pouring out my woes year after year, coming up with one enormity after another about my mother and the way she let me down; but it doesn't make me any the less fearful.
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#Danish Director #Mother

It`s very exciting to be introduced to some movies by Matthew about objects like architecture...but I`m more of a typical woman, I like feelings.
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#Architecture

This way of working with actors that I have found now is normally a great pleasure, because it means giving a lot of freedom to some people-and to see them enjoy that freedom and to give to the project is usually very nice.
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#Giving

I grew up in a culturally radical home, where strong emotions were forbidden.
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#Emotions #Danish Director

If something can actually be said about politics in my films,
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#Politics

I've taken the circuitous path of being interested in people.
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#People