Lars von Trier's Nazi Comments

by on May.19, 2011

Nothing like a Jew (especially a Jew-turned-Catholic who also happens to be the greatest filmmaker in the world) sympathizing with Adolf Hitler:

“The only thing I can tell you is that I thought I was a Jew for a long time and was very happy being a Jew … but it turned out that I was not a Jew. If I’d been a Jew, then I would be a second-wave Jew, a kind of a new-wave Jew, but anyway, I really wanted to be a Jew and then I found out that I was really a Nazi, because my family is German,” Von Trier said to a stunned audience on Wednesday, with Dunst sitting silently by his side. “And that also gave me some pleasure. So, I, what can I say? I understand Hitler. I think he did some wrong things but I can see him sitting in his bunker. I’m saying that I think I understand the man. He is not what we could call a good guy, but yeah, I understand much about him and I sympathize with him.”

Apparently these comments got Lars von Trier booted from the Cannes Film Festival.

3 comments for this entry:
  1. Carina Finn

    what strikes me as strange is that the headline of the MTV article notes that he was being chided for “sympathetic comments,” as though the problem was the expression of sympathy in general. it’s also odd that this is the second artist this year (john galliano made a similar faux-pas) to make a public statement alluding to nazi sentiments.

  2. Corey

    I guess it might not be so offensive if he’d actually explained what the fuck he was saying. Melancholia looks hot.

  3. Josef Horáček

    He’s either lost his mind or once again upped the ante. Let’s not forget he’s the smartest smart-ass around. Or he finally lost his mind. Etc.