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Term: Dogme 95

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A Danish film movement and style that was started in 1995 by the Danish directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg with the signing of the Dogme 95 Manifesto and the so-called “Vow of Chastity”. Above all, the Dogme directors rejected the expensive filmmaking techniques used in most commercial films (especially those from Hollywood), genre conventions, spectacular special effects and too much editing. Instead, their aim was to place emphasis on the actual story and on the actors’ performances and to strive for more “truthful”, “non-Hollywood” cinematic storytelling.

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