A must-read: Manhola Dargis breaks down the eight minute overture of Lars von Trier’s polarizing masterpiece, Melancholia, and highlights the themes introduced in the prelude’s 16 shots, which she calls “a palimpsest of literary, artistic and cinematic allusions.”
Well yeah, you could see my face. I was choking, because I’m watching a friend having a meltdown. And what he’s saying is horrendous in a roomful of press. He was asked an inappropriate question [about his family] and his response was to make a joke about it. But no one laughed and he just kept unravelling.