A Director’s Clinical Chart for Dementia: Antichrist by Lars von Trier (close reading/seeing)



Ruxandra Cesereanu uses close reading as a method for understanding the meanings of one of the most controversial movies of Lars von Trier, Antichrist. The term, borrowed from the canons of literary theory, describes the careful “reading” of cinema as text. Looking for insights into the narrative of Antichrist, this work provides an in-depth commentary, otherwise difficult to obtain when dealing with such a cinematographic effort, filled with symbolism and metaphysical references.