by Maciel Marquez (excerpt)
…, I couldn’t help myself, but to constantly exclaim things like, “Oh shit! Dancer in the Dark is the same exact movie as this, but in opposite!” & other similar surprised expletives.
When I reached the ending I was truly convinced Lars Von Trier holds Hunter very close to **his heart, and realized Dancer was a sort of Yin & Yang ode. (Or just a very clever ripping off technique.)
There is nothing more applaudable than a filmmaker taking a favorite film and making their influencing material all their own, especially very creatively (think Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein), and in this case, Trier makes Night of the Hunter themes of abandonment, innocence vs evil, gynoangst/stupidity vs strong woman, lies vs hidden truths, compassion vs selfishness, prey vs parent, and lastly, preservation vs sacrifice his very own.
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