In speaking about Dogme 95, Thomas Vinterberg has said, “What we wanted to do back in the 90’s with Dogme was to undress the film, and make a naked, truthful experience out of it.” However, he goes on to say that, “Instead of getting naked, it was like putting on an old dress.” Both Vinterberg and Von Trier have long since moved on from the film movement they started, and the manifesto that accompanied it, but traces of Dogme can still be seen in their work, such as the use of the hand-held camera. This method of filming, which utilized unsteady hand-held camera work, would go on to be more influential than the actual Dogme movement itself. Within a year of the release of the first Dogme films, The Blair Witch Project, and a number of other films and television programs would embrace this style. The 2010 film Trollhunter followed the hand-held camera, found footage style, and was a big hit in the country in which it was made, Norway, and throughout Europe and the USA. What is it about this type of filmmaking that often makes it appealing to the viewer? Please discuss things like realism, point of view, and/or the editing (or lack of editing), etc. that make it popular. Why do you think Vinterberg and Von Trier didn’t follow their own manifesto of filmmaking after only a couple of films?
Why Thomas Vinterberg Ditched Dogma for ‘The Hunt’: ‘It Was Like Putting on an Old Dress’