Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Film Studies


Dr. Janelle Blankenship


This thesis analyzes four films by the Danish directors and founders of the Dogme 95 movement, Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von Trier. The four films were released in their post-Dogme period: It's All About Love (Vinterberg, 2003), Dogville (von Trier, 2003), Manderlav (von Trier, 2005), and Dear Wendv (Vinterberg, 2005). The thesis places these films about America within the (film-)historical context of the Bush-Cheney regime's hard-right agenda, and the larger context of the Hollywood films released during the period. The theory of minor cinema — inspired by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari — is used to analyze the politics of space, language and perception in each of these films. The thesis argues for a new, inherently transnational use of minor cinema that accounts for Félix Guattari's contributions to the theory, often eclipsed by the more widespread reception of Gilles Deleuze.



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