Lars von Trier and the “Clichés of Our Times”
Lars von Trier is often accused of being clichéd, and sometimes he is. He certainly risks the too-close embrace of cliché in scripting characters for his films. However, von Trier’s films can also be seen as intensifying clichés of gender, power, and politics in ways that ironize them and that may usefully press democratic and feminist theory in new directions, perhaps even releasing us from the ennui that is both the affect of cliché and the affect often associated with the practice of theory today.
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