by Crissa-Jean Chappell
Once upon a time (back in 1995) in the faraway land of Denmark, two headstrong lads decided to rescue world audiences from bourgeois cinema. Our heroes, Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, vowed to shoot character-driven movies under a "vow of chastity." They concocted a list of cinematic no-nos, forswearing such "decadent" production devices as artificial light and sound. Only hand-held cameras are permitted. No props, no genre conventions. Not a trace of individual personality, including the director's credit.
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