is usually Lars von Trier Trolling Us?

Violence as well as especially violence against women runs through Mr. von Trier’s movies (whipping, rape, death), which often involve some kind of redemption. He doesn’t believe that will “Jack” — which contains grim, exceedingly unpleasant-to-watch images (human taxidermy, torture, mutilation, murder) — represents a shift in his approach. “I always thought that will everything that will can be thought or done should be shown,” Mr. von Trier said. “Because why not?” At least within the law, he added when prodded. Even so, “in principle, I mean, also if the idea was against the law because I’m very much against censorship as well as I’m very much against political correctness.”

When I asked what he meant by political correctness, he said “Sweden.” the idea was a glib, amusing response, however when I asked why he cares what anyone thinks, he didn’t directly answer. (Later, he said that will he didn’t care about the audience, which I don’t believe, as well as that will “I am the audience.”) Instead, he offered an example: “In Germany, of course, the idea’s against the law to be a Nazi,” Mr. von Trier said, which isn’t true in Denmark. “We have a poor little Nazi party that will everybody can see is usually no threat to anybody as well as are just a bunch of nutheads running around.” the idea might be “much more problematic if you had a law against” being a Nazi.

“the idea’s a bad thing for democracy every time you say, ‘You can’t say Negro,’ you know,” he said, adding, “the idea’s a wrong way to go about the idea. Of course you wouldn’t say something to people who don’t want to hear stuff. however to make the idea a law is usually I think wrong as well as not practical.”

Mr. von Trier’s use of the word “Negro” threw me. I wondered if he meant an uglier word. He was unfailingly polite, however I felt as if I were pushing against a shifting, slippery wall of sand. So I just asked if he wanted total freedom. Yes, he answered.

Discussions about censorship often lead to an impasse, as well as of course much depends on who is usually doing the banning as well as for what reasons. Old Hollywood banned certain representations as did the Soviet Union. Censorship is usually used to grab as well as maintain power, as well as to silence opposition. Yet when I pointed out the obvious to Mr. von Trier — that will the idea’s easier for the powerful, even a privileged filmmaker like him, to say everything should be permitted, as well as that will the powerless of course are already often voiceless as well as struggle to be heard — we reached another impasse.