Sunday, 1 May 2016

björk: dancer in the dark (2000) [blu-ray]

HD 1080p blu-ray MP4 download links: - - - movie info: - - 'selma ježková' is a czechoslovakian immigrant, a single mother working in a factory in rural america. her salvation is passion for music, specifically, the all-singing, all-dancing numbers found in classic hollywood musicals. selma harbors a sad secret: she is losing her eyesight and her son 'gene ježek' (vladica kostic) stands to suffer the same fate if she can't put away enough money to secure him an operation. when a desperate neighbor falsely accuses selma of stealing his savings, the drama of her life escalates to a tragic finale. directed by lars von trier and starring icelandic/nordic singer/songwriter/actress björk, catherine deneuve, david morse, cara seymour, peter stormare, siobhan fallon hogan, and joel grey. the soundtrack for the film, released as the album 'selmasongs', was written mainly by björk, but a number of songs featured contributions from the late mark bell, and the lyrics were by von trier and sjón. three songs from rodgers and hammerstein's the sound of music were also used in the film.
the film was shot with a handheld camera, and was somewhat inspired by a dogme 95 look.
'dancer in the dark' premiered at the 2000 cannes film festival to (standing ovations) and controversy, but was nonetheless awarded the palme d'Or, along with the best actress award for björk. the song "i've seen it all", with thom yorke, was nominated for an academy award for best song. the film is set in washington state, in 1964. they live a life of poverty as selma works at a factory with her good friend 'kathy' (catherine deneuve). she rents a trailer home on the property of town policeman bill houston, (david morse) and his wife linda (cara seymour). She is also pursued by the shy but persistent jeff (peter stormare), who also works at the factory.
selma suffers from a degenerative eye condition and because of this is losing her vision. she has been saving up to pay for an operation which will prevent her young son from suffering the same fate. to escape the misery of her daily life, selma accompanies kathy, to the local cinema where together they watch fabulous hollywood musicals (or more accurately, selma listens as cvalda describes them to her, to the annoyance of the other theater patrons, or acts out the dance steps upon selma's hand using her fingers).
In her day-to-day life, when things are too boring or upsetting, selma slips into daydreams or perhaps a trance-like state where she imagines the ordinary circumstances and individuals around her have erupted into elaborate musical theater numbers. These songs use some sort of real-life noise (from factory machines buzzing to the sound of a flag rapping against a flag pole in the wind) as an underlying rhythm. unfortunately, selma slips into one such trance while working at the factory. soon jeff, and cvalda, begin to realize that selma can barely see at all. additionally, bill reveals to selma that his materialistic wife linda spends more than his salary, there is no money left from his inheritance, and he is behind in payments and the bank is going to take his house. he asks selma for a loan, but she declines. he regrets telling selma his secret. to comfort bill, Selma reveals her secret blindness, hoping that together they can keep each other's secret. Bill then hides in the corner of selma's home, knowing she can't see him, and watches as she puts some money in her kitchen tin.
the next day, after having broken her machine the night before through careless error, selma is fired from her job. when she comes home to put her final wages away she finds the tin is empty; she goes next door to report the theft to bill and linda only to hear linda discussing how bill has brought home their safe deposit box to count their savings. linda additionally reveals that bill has "confessed" his affair with selma, and that selma must move out immediately. knowing that bill was broke and that the money he is counting must be hers, she confronts him and attempts to take the money back. he draws a gun on her, and in a struggle he is wounded. linda discovers the two of them and, assuming that selma is attempting to steal the money, runs off to tell the police at bill's command. bill then begs selma to take his life, telling her that this will be the only way she will ever reclaim the money that he stole from her. selma shoots at him several times, but due to her blindness manages to only maim bill further. In the end, she performs a coup de grâce with the safe deposit box. in one of the scenes, selma slips into a trance and imagines that bill's corpse stands up and slow dances with her, urging her to run to freedom. she does, and takes the money to the Institute for the blind to pay for her son's operation before the police can take it from her.
selma is caught and eventually put on trial. It is here that she is pegged as a communist sympathizer and murderess. although she tells as much truth about the situation as she can, she refuses to reveal bill's secret, saying that she had promised not to. additionally, when her claim that the reason she didn't have any money was because she had been sending it to her father in czechoslovakia is proven false, she is convicted and given the death penalty. cvalda and jeff eventually put the pieces of the puzzle together and get back selma's money, using it instead to pay for a trial lawyer who can free her. selma becomes furious and refuses the lawyer, opting to face the death penalty rather than let her son go blind, but she is deeply distraught as she awaits her death. although a sympathetic female prison guard named brenda tries to comfort her, the other state officials show no feelings and are eager to see her executed. brenda encourages selma to walk. on her way to the gallows, selma goes to hug the other men on death row while singing to them. however, on the gallows, she becomes terrified, so that she must be strapped to a collapse board. her hysteria when the hood is placed over her face delays the execution. selma begins crying hysterically and brenda cries with her, but cvalda rushes to inform her that the operation was successful and that gene will see. relieved, selma sings the final song on the gallows with no musical accompaniment, although she is hanged before she finishes. a curtain is then drawn in front of her body, while the missing part of the song shows on the screen: "they say it's the last song/they don't know us, you see/It's only the last song/If we let it be." please buy her albums/movies + support this superb and unique icelandic/nordic artist @ -

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