You all remember those Lars von Trier Nazi comments that got the Melancholia director banned from the Cannes Film Festival this year? Publicly-made comments such as, “I understand Hitler.” and “He is not what we could call a good guy, but yeah, I understand much about him and I sympathize with him.” Hoo boy. Well, it turns out that it was all a big misunderstanding; Lars was just trying to tell everyone that we’re all, in fact, Nazis. Oh wait…whaaaaaaa?
“There was a point to this whole thing,” Trier told a Berlin audience gathered for a retrospective of his films, defending his offensive Cannes comments. “I think history shows that we are all Nazis somewhere, and there are a lot of things that can be suddenly set free, and the mechanics behind this setting-free is something we really should really investigate, and the way we do not investigate it is to make it a taboo to talk about it.” Von Trier did not explain why history wanted him to bring up Hitler in the middle of a film festival in front of a humiliated Kirsten Dunst, but we’re sure it had an excellent, completely-non-crazy reason.
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