Lars von Trier Creates A New Film Genre, Unveils NYMPHOMANIAC Chapter Titles

Simon de Bruyn, Contributing Writer
Uncle Lars never gets dull that's for sure. In an announcement delivered to the trades, Danish auteur and provocateur Lars von Trier has revealed that for his new film Nymphomaniac, he wants to introduce a new genre called Digressionism, ie. to depart from the main subject. Further clues to his meaning are offered in the chapter headings the film will apparently be divided into:

CHAPTER 1  is  THE COMPLEAT ANGLER
CHAPTER 2  is  JERÔME
CHAPTER 3  is  MRS. H
CHAPTER 4  is  DELIRIUM
CHAPTER 5  is  THE LITTLE ORGAN SCHOOL
CHAPTER 6  is  THE EASTERN & WESTERN CHURCH (THE SILENT DUCK)
CHAPTER 7  is  THE MIRROR
CHAPTER 8  is  THE GUN

Here is the full announcement:

"In 2011 Lars von Trier decided to refrain from all public statements and interviews. To this date he has kept his word.

"But his stories are still being told worldwide and Nymphomaniac will be no exception.

"Using a structure known from literature Nymphomaniac consists of chapters, encapsulating both VOLUME I and VOLUME II and during the next eight months, starting from June and like domino pieces counting down to the release, small bites of these chapters will be published exclusively by a community of selected newspapers around the world.

"Each chapter teaser is defined by a headline, a still and a short narrative that playfully unveils the multilayered universe of Nymphomaniac with which Lars von Trier wants to introduce a new film genre: Digressionism.

[Digress /dɪˈgrɛs, daɪ-/ verb: Depart from the main subject]

For anyone who has seen his film The Five Obstructions, anything Lars tries in terms of changing up the way a film is delivered is immediately exciting, so I for one am looking forward to seeing this all unfold (or disrobe) over the coming months.
Around the Internet:
  • JLG_Fan

    Godard did it first.

  • Gozan

    Another von Trier innovation! In marketing his movies to film geeks, that is.

  • Daniel A.

    If the movie lends itself to digression, it works great, such as with The Big Lebowski. The main character is so stoned even he loses the thread of the plot, and it's one of the many great joys in the movie.

  • Michael

    Oh, so like... Family Guy?

    No, but in all seriousness, I have no clue how this is going to turn out, but I'm fascinated.

  • I love von Trier and his docu you mention, but this Digressionism shit is just ridiculous. If you depart from your main subject you just make a movie about something else. It's that easy. And he wouldn't be the first to do so #marketing

  • MarsHottentot

    For some reason I doubt it will be 'that easy'.

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