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Two by Von Trier and other interviews.

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"I'm sure that masochism, as well as sadism, is at the heart of all our psychologies."Despite the piercing pain that springs up in our frontal lobe when we think on the recent work of Lars von Trier, we have to hand it to the guy — he’s an irresistible interview. That fearless, imprecise grasp of the English language! That unswerving dedication to the cause of provoking…something! Unfortunately, von Trier tends not to travel, so of the two interviews that have been trotted out for the UK press in honor of "Manderlay"‘s inclusion in the London Film Festival, David Gritten‘s in the Telegraph is actually a remnant from Cannes. Still:

"Manderlay" has raised hackles in some quarters because its black characters are rather dull-witted. Several black American actors declined to join the cast; the slaves (Danny Glover being a notable exception) are mostly played by British actors, who found this characterisation funny. He shrugs: "I’m portraying black people as stupid, as I have whites in other films. I like Grace very much, but she’s stupid too."

Emma Bell in the Independent heads out to Copenhagen for a fresher interview:

"’Manderlay’ is actually based on the prologue to ‘The Story of ‘O’,’" he says. "Pauline Réage’s lover, Jean Paulhan, was a member of the French Academy of writers or whatever, and he wrote a preface to ‘The Story of ‘O” about slavery; the human lust for slavery. The story he told was about slaves who were freed by law in the Caribbean. Because they had no food or anything, they went back to the slave owner and wanted to be slaves again. The owner said, ‘No, I can’t do that or I will go to jail.’ And so they killed him. I thought this quite an interesting story. I’m sure that masochism, as well as sadism, is at the heart of all our psychologies. This story about the freed slaves – that was the inspiration for ‘Manderlay.’"

Actually, the best part of that interview is that von Trier’s producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen is running around naked in the background the whole time. Others to read: Roger Ebert talks to Bai Ling (in her own way, just as quotable as von Trier) about Fruit Chan’s "Dumplings," the expanded version of the segment that starts off Asian horror anthology "Three…Extremes," which comes out this Friday (and which we reviewed a while ago — the "Dumplings" segment is amazing and worth seeing the entire film for). Mark Caro in the Chicago Tribune chats with a very BFF-ish Jason Schwartzman and Claire Danes, while Stephen Hunter at the Washington Post is reduced to a giggling fanboy by Steve Martin.

Patrick Goldstein at the LA Times asks Jack Nicholson to revisit "The Passenger," a film that’s now 30 years old and that has been out of print for year, but that will be getting a brief theatrical re-release by Sony Pictures Classics before finally coming to DVD. And, hardly an interview, but an intriguing quote from Bill Murray we plucked off trashy WENN. Of the "Broken Flowers" premiere:

"I had been told that if they don’t like what they see, the room is not just freezing, but downright nasty. Jim [Jarmusch] said that he’s presented a movie a few years before to 2,500 people in the same auditorium, and after the credits ended, there was total silence. A voice from high up above said, ‘Jim, that’s s**t.’ Then the booing started. I thought about that for every minute I sat there watching, despite the audience’s laughter."

We’re assuming "Ghost Dog"? Anyone?

Anyway, we’ve got another all-day company meeting tomorrow, so back Thursday (The IFC Blog: Updated every weekend, except when it’s not.).

+ Are you for him or against him? (Telegraph)
+ Lars von Trier: Anti-American? Me? (Independent)
+ Bai Ling: Slice, dice, smile (
+ Oh, to be young, famous and beautiful (Chicago Tribune)
+ A Happy Feat (Washington Post)
+ Some vintage Jack (LA Times)
+ Murray Feared Premiere Mauling (WENN)


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.