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Dancer in the dark
Trier, Lars von, 1956-
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[United States] : New Line Home Video, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc : color, sound, digital, 4 3/4 in.
Selma, a factory worker in rural America and single mother, is losing her eyesight from a hereditary disease. Determined to protect her 10-year-old son from the same fate, Selma is saving her money to get him an operation. In the evenings, Selma escapes by rehearsing for a production of The sound of music with her best friend. When a neighbor betrays her trust, Selma's life spirals out of control and the lines between reality and fantasy blur.
General Note:
Widescreen format (aspect ratio 2.40:1).

Originally produced as a motion picture in 2000.

Special features include: 5.1 Dolby digital and DTS surround sound ; two feature-length commentaries featuring Lars von Trier, Vibeke Windeløv, Peter Hjorth, Per Kirkeby and Vincent Paterson ; two documentaries, 100 cameras : capturing Lars von Trier's vision, Choreography : creating Vincent Paterson's dance sequences ; Selmas' music, song-by-song access to the film ; alternate scenes ; cast & crew filmographies ; original theatrical trailer.

For specific features see interactive menu.
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DVD 1118 Adult DVD Open Shelf
DVD 1118 Adult DVD Central Library
DVD 1118 Adult DVD Open Shelf
DVD 1118 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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Reportedly the third in acclaimed director Lars von Trier's "Golden Hearts" trilogy (preceded by Breaking the Waves and The Idiots), this film is a hip reworking of the classic Hollywood Musical, starring international pop diva Bjork. Set somewhere in rural Washington state, Czech immigrant Selma (Bjork) works in a pressing plant, struggling to make ends meet for herself and her 10-year-old son, Gene (Vladica Kostic). Her best friend is coworker and fellow European Kathy (Catherine Deneuve). While outside work, she is maintaining a cautious friendship with local yokel Jeff (Peter Stormare). She also landed a starring role as Maria in an amateur production of The Sound of Music. Selma's life would be one of relative contentment if it were not for the ugly secret she harbors -- she is on the verge of blindness due to a genetic disorder, and her young son will suffer the same fate without an operation. Selma has quietly been stashing away money for the surgery and has already amassed $2,000. When her savings, squirreled away in a can in the kitchen, suddenly disappear, she confronts her cash-strapped landlord Bill (David Morse). Of course, like all musicals, the plot periodically takes a backseat to the seven production numbers, including a show-stopping sequence in Selma's factory. Shot entirely on digital video, the film reportedly used up to 100 cameras for each musical number. Dancer in the Dark received top prizes at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival including Best Actress for Bjork and the coveted Palme d'Or for Best Picture. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi