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Monday, 12 November 2012

Mifune, Dogme 95

Mifune, ***half
director:  Soren Kragh-Jacobsen

a dogme film
Dogme 95 film

Very good.  Its wonderful to see this shot so cleanly, the story is natural convincing and we come to understand the difficulties of life itself.
I wanted to watch a few Dogma films - to see how the rules affects the story telling.  
If you didn't tell me I wouldn't see all the restrictions posed by the dogma 95.  Its an interesting idea.  Want to know if there are any other films shot since then.

Dogme 95
Years active1995–2005
CountryInternational, started in Denmark
Major figuresLars von TrierThomas Vinterberg,Kristian LevringSøren Kragh-JacobsenJean-Marc Barr
InfluencesRealismFrench New Wave
InfluencedMumblecoreNew Puritans

Since the late 2000's, the emergence of video technology in DSLR photography cameras, such as the Canon EOS 550D, has resulted in a tremendous surge of both feature and short films shot with most, if not all, of the rules pertaining to the Dogme 95 manifesto. However, because of advancements in technology and quality, the aesthetic of these productions typically appears drastically different than that of the Dogme films shot on Tape or DVD-R Camcorders. Largely erasing the primitive and problematic features of past technologies, newer technologies have helped Dogme 95 filmmakers achieve an aesthetic of higher resolution, as well as of lower contrast, film grain, and saturation.
Dogme 95 is a movement in filmmaking developed in 1995 by the Danish directors Lars von TrierThomas Vinterberg, Kristian Levring, and Soren Kragh-Jacobsen. This movement is sometimes known as the Dogme 95 collective. The goal of the collective is to instill a sense of simplicity in filmmaking, free of postproduction modifications and other gimmicks. The emphasis on purity in the formation of the film places a focus on the actual story and the performance of the actors. For someone experiencing the film, there is an increase in engagement as the viewer realizes the lack of overproduction, and becomes more concerned with the narrative and mood. In order to further this goal, von Trier and Vinterberg developed a set of ten rules that a Dogme film must conform to. These rules, referred to as the Vow of Chastity, are as follows:
  1. Shooting must be done on location. Props and sets must not be brought in (if a particular prop is necessary for the story, a location must be chosen where this prop is to be found).
  2. The sound must never be produced apart from the images or vice versa. (Music must not be used unless it occurs where the scene is being shot).
  3. The camera must be hand-held. Any movement or immobility attainable in the hand is permitted. (The film must not take place where the camera is standing; shooting must take place where the film takes place).
  4. The film must be in colour. Special lighting is not acceptable. (If there is too little light for exposure the scene must be cut or a single lamp be attached to the camera).
  5. Optical work and filters are forbidden.
  6. The film must not contain superficial action. (Murders, weapons, etc. must not occur.)
  7. Temporal and geographical alienation are forbidden. (That is to say that the film takes place here and now.)
  8. Genre movies are not acceptable.
  9. The film format must be Academy 35mm film.
  10. The director must not be credited.
In certain cases, the titles of Dogme films are superfluous, since they are also referred to by numbers. The spririt of the Dogme technique was hinted at by Lars Von Trier's film Breaking the Waves. The first of the Dogme films was Vinterberg's 1998 film Festen, known in English by the title The Celebration and Dogme 1. Festen was highly acclaimed by many critics, and won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival that year. Von Trier's first Dogme film, The Idiots, or Dogme 2, was less successful. Since those two original films were released, other directors have participated in the creation of Dogme films. For example, the American director Harmony Korine created the movie Julien Donkey-Boy which is also known as Dogme 6.
For more information, see
A related British literary movement, called the New Puritans, espouses similar values for the writing of fiction.


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