Thursday, September 15, 2011
"The Shape of Things" made me think that making art from social experiments on people was evil. But "The Five Obstructions" by Lars von Trier is a gripping and insightful documentary that would be a sin against art if it wasn't created. The whole thing is so genius. Jorgen Leth's film "The Perfect Human" really bothered Lars von Trier. I find it so amusing that Jorgen Leth is being held responsible for his art and the idea he planted in others minds. I am not sure if the films purpose is for art or for punishment, but either way I can't stop watching it. I think we have all wanted to have an opportunity to change someones perspective, I love that Lars von Trier gets this chance. He makes a point that the art is Jorgen Leth. Watching Jorden Leth struggle is the art. This asks many ethical questions to artists. I think Lars von Trier by getting Jorden Leth's approval and being completely upfront with him about his plans did his art in an ethical way. I love that unlike a book or play Jorden Leth is in on the experiment. I feel like this is something that could only happen in a documentary. I love that this is something real that is happening. This is a real person. We can see the conversations taking place. This is a difficult thing to do on film, to have it actually be real life. Have people act like themselves, like the camera isn't there. I don't even think this is ever obtained in "reality" TV. I think in Lars von Trier's film we see real emotions and real reactions. Side note: I loved Jorden Leth's second obstruction. As we watched him as the perfect human I could not help but be completely captivated by the girl in the background staring longingly at the food he was consuming. I understand why this was off of Lars von Trier's wishes, but it was a great film. I couldn't help thinking during my next meal, what if all those children were standing around me as I ate this. What if those children were not oceans away but instead by my dining table? How can I live a life helping these people when I try to block out their very existence?