Analysis Of ' Why Not Just Call It Dogville?

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Mark Shasha
Friday, February 27, 2015
DogVille – Film Analysis
Why not just call it DogVille?
DogVille, a film adaptation of the book DogVille written and directed by Lars von Trier, takes place in a small town of the same name in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado during the period of the Great Depression. DogVille has a population of about 13 adults and a few children, most of which have never left the town in their entire lives. One night, one of the residents, Tom Edison Jr., hears a gunshots coming from near the mine in town. He goes to investigate, to see a girl, dressed in a way that he had never seen before, hiding inside the abandoned shaft. She seems distressed. A car approaches him and asks if he had seen the girl, he says no, and one of the passengers offers him a business card, assuring him that if he had found the girl, he would be compensated duly for his troubles, no questions asked.
He introduces himself to the girl. Her name is Grace, and she is the most beautiful girl he had literally ever laid his eyes on. He agrees to help her, and later tells her that there is a place for her here, and that he would convince the townspeople to let her stay. She is still shaken from the latter events, but agrees. It comes as a bit of a surprise for the first time Viewer, that Grace ends up setting the whole town on fire, and ordered the killing of all of the townspeople, personally dispatching Tom. In this essay, we will be looking into the actions of Tom that lead up to…

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