Scheduled to open on Christmas Day, Nymphomaniac is Lars von Trier’s latest exploration into the freaky side of the psyche. He’s breaking ground again, this time by featuring well-known actors in compromising positions. The good news for everyone is that body doubles are going to be used actually having sex and spliced together with footage of the “real” actors.
I don’t know about you but this is a gift to me, as we’ll be spared the site of Shia LeBoeuf’s naked ass. Let’s not even discuss Willem Dafoe. In addition to LeBoeuf and Dafoe, the film features Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen, Uma Thurman and Jamie Bell.
“We shot the actors pretending to have sex and then had the body doubles, who really did have sex, and in post we will digital-impose the two. So above the waist it will be the star and the below the waist it will be the doubles,” says Producer Louise Vesth. I can’t help but visualize a body mullet: Business on top, party down below!
She also revealed that von Trier will use experimental graphical elements in two Nymphomaniac films, using double exposures and imposing words and symbols over the action as part of his storytelling.
Because of all the post-production matching up of bits and pieces, the film wasn’t ready for Cannes. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film is skipping the festival circuit altogether, premiering in Copenhagen with a Dec. 25 local release.
Von Trier has always pushed the envelope in films like Dogville, Antichrist, and Dancer in the Dark, but usually more in the head-scratching, What the hell was that? kind of way. It will be interesting to see how seamless the body-splicing technology looks, but even more interesting to see how the line between serious filmmaking and porn is moved or even crossed.
What do you think? Does it make a difference knowing someone is actually having sex on screen versus feigning intercourse?