Carsten Holst

Carsten Holst

Carsten Holst Quick Links

Film RSS

The Five Obstructions Review


Excellent
Anyone who makes art knows that creativity is born from limitations. The Five Obstructions idealizes this notion. Danish provocateur Lars von Trier makes a challenge to his old film professor (and renowned experimental filmmaker) Jørgen Leth: Remake his poetic 1967 short film The Perfect Human five times, according to arbitrary (and sometimes, in Leth's words, "satanic" or "diabolical") rules concocted by von Trier. The Five Obstructions is a documentary about Leth making those five remakes, filtered through von Trier's rules.

Ever since Breaking the Waves, von Trier has been imposing his own self-made limitations on his movies with varying levels of success. Indeed, he comes off in The Five Obstructions as the bad guy, a carefully cultivated image that's more annoying because it's so calculated. Von Trier's sadistic glee is the least interesting part of Obstructions, and Leth is the more compelling subject: an artist grappling with the art of making movies. When faced with the first obstruction-- where no clip must last more than 12 frames, the movie must be shot in Cuba, the questions posed by Leth's experimental short must be answered, and so on -- Leth creates a vivid, collage-poem where the 12 frame structure creates beautiful, dreamlike swirls of movement and daring editing jumps. When faced with Leth's stunning and beautiful completed work, von Trier seethes in mock exasperation: "The 12 frames were a gift!"

Continue reading: The Five Obstructions Review

Carsten Holst

Carsten Holst Quick Links

Film RSS
Advertisement

Occupation

Filmmaker


Suggested

How The Music Industry Is Honouring George Michael This Year

How The Music Industry Is Honouring George Michael This Year

An album re-release, a new song and a documentary mark the singer's legacy this year.

Angela Bassett Promises

Angela Bassett Promises "Absolutely Amazing" 'Black Panther' Movie

The film will be the first in the Marvel Cinematic Universe led by a person of colour.

David Harbour Looks Incredible In The First Image From 'Hellboy'

David Harbour Looks Incredible In The First Image From 'Hellboy'

The actor plays the titular hero in the forthcoming adaptation.

Eric Clapton: The Era Of The Guitar Could Be Over

Eric Clapton: The Era Of The Guitar Could Be Over

Rock legend Eric Clapton has admitted the era of the guitar may be ''over''.

Advertisement
J.J. Abrams To Direct And Co-Write 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

J.J. Abrams To Direct And Co-Write 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Following his success with 'The Force Awakens', the director will close out the trilogy.

Harry Styles Performs Stunning Live Cover Of Fleetwood Mac

Harry Styles Performs Stunning Live Cover Of Fleetwood Mac

Fans can't stop talking about his rendition of 'The Chain'.

Advertisement

Carsten Holst Movies

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.