Dogme 95 and the Reality of Fiction

  • Gabriel Giralt


WHATEVER HAPPENED TO REALITY: DOGME AND THE REALITY OF FICTION "The 'supreme' task of the decadent film-makers is to fool the audience. Is that what we are so proud of? Is that what ‘100 years' have brought us? Illusions via which emotions can be communicated? ... By the individual artist's free choice of trickery? ... To Dogme 95 the movie is not an illusion!...Dogme 95 counters the film of illusion by the presentation of an indisputable set of rules known as The Vow of Chastity."                    (extract from Dogme 95 manifesto) AFTER few international successes, Dogmesecretariat, the official entity responsible for issuing Dogme certificates, a guarantee that a film has been made following rigorously Dogme's "Vow of Chastity" is closed. After eight years since the group wrote its manifesto and five years since the movement brought forth its first Dogme film, the contention that "to Dogme 95...