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Cannes 2011: A video examination, Part 4 -- Did Lars von Trier go too far?

May 18, 2011 |  9:29 pm

Lars von Trier made headlines -- the kind you don't want -- at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. In a monologue that started with the question of Richard Wagner's suitability as a soundtrack choice, the Danish director of "Melancholia" wound up telling a news conference that he felt sympathy for Nazis and Hitler. Was it a joke gone awry or something worse? The Times' Steven Zeitchik and the Chicago Tribune's  Michael Phillips hash it out.



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