August 27, 2010
CANNES, France (AFP) – Danish director Lars von Trier apologised on Wednesday after he said at the Cannes film festival that he sympathised "a little bit" with Adolf Hitler, shocking his star Kirsten Dunst.
Von Trier, a frequent provocateur, told a press conference after a well-received screening of his apocalyptic new picture "Melancholia" that he understood the Nazi leader.
"I really wanted to be a Jew and then I found out that I was really a Nazi. You know because my family was German, Hartmann, which also gave me some pleasure," he said with a cheerful smile when asked about his German heritage.
"I understand Hitler. I think he did some wrong things, yes absolutely, but I can see him sitting in his bunker in the end."
When Dunst, who is also of German descent, started looking uncomfortable and murmured "oh my God, this is terrible," to co-star Charlotte Gainsbourg, the director assured her: "But there will come a point at the end of this".
"I'm just saying that I think I understand the man. He's not what you would call a good guy, but, yeah, I understand much about him, and I sympathise with him a little bit, yes. But, come on, I'm not for the Second World War. And I'm not against Jews."
In a brief statement sent by email to AFP by one of his producers, Meta Louise Foldager, von Trier apologised for what he had said.
"If I have hurt someone this morning by the words I said at the press conference, I sincerely apologize," he said. "I am not anti-Semitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi."
Von Trier's press conference remarks also included some thoughts on Israel and Hitler's chief architect Albert Speer.
"I am of course very much for Jews, not too much, because Israel is a pain in the ass," he said.
"Still -- how can I get out of this sentence? -- I just want to say, about the art, I'm very much for Speer," he said, adding that the convicted Nazi war criminal had "talent".
"Okay, I'm a Nazi," he shrugged, prompting nervous laughter.
He then deadpanned that his next movie could be "The Final Solution", the Nazis' code word for the Holocaust.
Trade magazine The Hollywood Reporter leapt on the story, saying von Trier had pulled a "Mel Gibson in Cannes", referring to the actor's notorious anti-Semitic and sexist rants in recent years.
"Von Trier has never been very P.C. (politically correct) and his Cannes press conferences always play like a dark stand-up routine, but at the Melancholia press conference he took it to another level, tossing a grenade into any sense of public decorum," it wrote.
"If this were America, not Cannes, (it) would have meant career suicide."
Gibson skipped the Cannes press conference for his new film "The Beaver" on Tuesday, citing a previous commitment in Los Angeles, but later walked the red carpet with his director Jodie Foster.
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April 9, 2009
I saw a blip on that on tv tonight...he was kidding around supposedly..in Europe they seem to be able to kid more about all that stuff these days..dark, ironic humor (remember when prince Harry dressed up as a German soldier)
There was a time, closer to it..we could in the USA..Charlie Chaplin and Mel Brooks come to mind
sometimes the best way to wash away darkness with light is by way of humor, even the dark kind..it can be healing..but yeah..it can be innapropriate too..it's all in the timing, I think
Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams
April 9, 2009
Let's see if you can catch this drift.
They have their own game, team of IT's who crawl the---troll the web looking for certain keywords....sites/blogs ETC.
Lord help you if you use one of these words..........Personally I think they should be rounded up and brought back to the barn. Especially if the first amendment isn't worth the paper it's written on.
How many dead..........thousands..........millions.........will it one day be a billion?????
Never has anything gotten so much mileage....................yet 9-11 is rapidly closing in...........a horse race is it! 😕 😉
I hear you can actually be relieved of duty, fired, or expelled for use of the words. What a pity!
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