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April 1, 2006

loved it

just watched Five Obstructions, by Lars Van Trier and Jorgen Leth.

in the 60's Leth made an incredible short called "The Perfect Human" (which is also included on the DVD). In the Five Obstructions, Van Trier challenges Leth to remake the film 5 times, each time with a new set of obstacles thrown in the way.

I won't spoil it by getting into the details...but i really enjoyed the film and recommend it highly.

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I also loved that film, and the original perfect human. I don't know many people who have seen it. I was lucky enough to see it in NY in it's first screeneing there in the Walter Reade in Lincoln Center, and now I own the DVD, although I lent it to someone who hasn't seen it. The film has great insight about the creative process and how obstacles can be inspiring. I recommend it hands down. Thanks for reminding me of it.

Posted by: Rodrigo at April 1, 2006 7:37 PM

I took a film class this semester and the first thing we watched was "The Perfect Human." During the viewing, I was optimistic but I had a few moments where I questioned it's existence. Later that day, we screened "Five Obstructions" and my opinion changed. I was completely fascinated by the thought involved in each venture as well as each outcome. It made me appreciate the genius of the original short and I would definately recommend to others.

Posted by: Helen at April 2, 2006 10:27 AM

Rented it based on your recommedation. Fascinating, inspiring, entertaining. Knew Lars von Trier, but not Jorgen Leth, and I don't know if I would have watched it anytime soon without prompting. F for Fake is next on my list...

Posted by: Alyssa at April 22, 2006 1:12 PM

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