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The five obstructions (De fem benspænd) - Claus Nissen, Majken Algren Nielsen, Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier

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Movie propaganda

In 1967, Jørgen Leth made a 12-minute short film called The perfect human, a document on human behaviour containing the familiar Leth themes - a film that von Trier admires greatly and claims to have seen more than 20 times. In the year 2000, Lars von Trier challenged Jørgen Leth to make five remakes of this film, but each time von Trier put forward obstructions, constraining Leth to re-think the story and the characters of the original film. Playing the naive anthropologist, Leth attempts to embrace the cunning challenges set forth by the devious and sneaky von Trier.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film documentary Denmark Danish remake Lars von Trier challenge Jørgen Leth

Persons of interest

  • Claus Nissen .... The perfect man (Det perfekte menneske - 1967)
  • Majken Algren Nielsen .... The perfect woman (Det perfekte menneske - 1967)
  • Jørgen Leth .... Speaker (Det perfekte menneske - 1967); Himself; Screenwriter: Det perfekte menneske; The perfect human: Bombay; The perfect human: Brussels; The perfect human: Cartoon; The perfect human: Cuba; Director: segment The perfect human: Avedøre, Denmark; The perfect human: Bombay; The perfect human: Brussels; The perfect human: Cartoon; The perfect human: Cuba
  • Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez .... The perfect man (Obstruction #1 - The perfect human: Cuba)
  • Jacqueline Arenal .... The perfect woman (Obstruction #1 - The perfect human: Cuba)
  • Alexandra Vandernoot .... The perfect woman (Obstruction #3 - The perfect human: Brussels)
  • Patrick Bauchau .... The perfect man/Speaker (Obstruction #3 - The perfect human: Brussels), Speaker (Obstruction #4 - The perfect human: Cartoon)
  • Lars von Trier .... Himself - Obstructor (The Conversations)
  • Marie Dejaer .... Maid (Obstruction #3 - The perfect human: Brussels)
  • Pascal Perez .... Man (Obstruction #3 - The perfect human: Brussels)
  • Meschell Perez .... Woman (Obstruction #3 - The perfect human: Brussels)
  • Sophie Destin .... Poet: La femme
  • Lars von Trier .... Creator
  • Asger Leth .... Screenwriter: The perfect human: Brussels
  • Lars von Trier .... Screenwriter: The perfect human: Avedøre, Denmark; Director: The perfect human: Avedøre, Denmark; Obstruction #5 - The perfect human: Avedøre, Denmark

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • The five obstructions (De fem benspænd) official movie site
  • The five obstructions (De fem benspænd) film production notes
  • The five obstructions (De fem benspænd) QuickTime movie trailers
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • CPH:DOX 2003: Nominated: (Lars von Trier, Jørgen Leth)
    • European Film Awards 2003: Nominated: Best Documentary Award (Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier)
    • Motovun Film Festival 2004: Won: FIPRESCI Prize (Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier)
  • NB: Danish, English, French, Spanish languages with English language subtitles; Black and White, Colour
  • Studios and distributors:

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Theatrical report

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Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: Danish, English, French, Spanish
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Commentaries: Jørgen Leth
    • Featurettes: The perfect human
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

M (Low level coarse language, sexual references)

Surveillance time

87 minutes (1:27 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 19 May 2005 - Melbourne, Sydney
DVD retail: 26 July 2006

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