Friday, August 03, 2007

The Boss of It All (Lars Von Trier, 2006)

****
Denmark

With trademark guile and mischief, Lars Von Trier pretty much sticks to the Dogme aesthetic as he presents a comedy (!) - which he brands harmless, as such - wherein the owner of an IT company decides to sell up, except he's forced to present to his employees the CEO, whom he himself invented as a scapegoat for his own unpopular decisions. So he hires a nutty, pseudo-intellectual actor. It's a screwy plot and a cast's worth of genial, pitch-perfect actors take on it with screwball conviction.
The unconventional and often clever framing of the shots is reportedly the result of a computer program called Automavision, which, once the camera was placed in position, randomly selected when to zoom, pan or tilt. Automavision takes all the credit for the film's cinematography.

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