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Posted: 8/3/2005 9:53:43 AM EDT
Dear Wendy exposes the US’s gun culture
The new film Dear Wendy explores the rotten heart of the US, writes Stephen Philip

Socialist Worker Online (UK)
August 6th edition

Dear Wendy is a highly original, witty and dark satire on US political hypocrisy and gun culture. It brings together the formidable talents of director Thomas Vinterberg (Festen) and writer/director Lars Von Trier (Dogville).

An 18 year old loner Dick, who is played brilliantly by Jamie Bell, lives in an impoverished mining village in the US.

He buys a pearl handled toy pistol as a birthday present but he soon discovers it’s a real gun firing real bullets.

To Dick, the gun has a life of its own, so he calls it Wendy. But he’s an avowed pacifist and has no intention of using it for sinister ends.

He begins to recruit fellow misfits into his secret society called the Dandies. They dress in highly theatrical garb. Each member has their own gun. It’s granted a name and invested with its own personality by its owner.

On the fringes of the town among derelict buildings they set about steeping themselves in the science of ballistics and the physical effects of bullets. Their favourite innocent pleasure is shooting practice.

Dick delights in the fact that he can shoot accurately at a target when blindfolded. The Dandies rule is, “Never draw your weapons.”

But this rule is to be severely tested. The Dandies call shooting their gun “loving”. They may feel impelled to “love” soon.

Despite evidence to the contrary, the Dandies view their small world, a village square, as a fearsome place where citizens can’t walk freely.

Then one day, Dick’s gang shepherds his elderly, feeble black foster mother across the square to have a cup of coffee with her friend. As a result, his much vaunted pacifism may have to undergo a rethink.

The realism of the film is slightly unhinged. It has a slow start but the pace soon picks up, accompanied by a brilliant soundtrack from The Zombies. It’s a thought provoking and acerbic parable that taunts and exposes the defenders of gun culture in the US.

It works on many levels and also skewers the hypocrisy of humanitarian intervention.

As Vinterberg notes, “pacifists with weapons is what most of the Western world consider themselves”.

They never plan to use them but use them they will.

As trigger-happy coppers stalk our streets, can there be a more timely drama in these dangerous and difficult times?

Film's web site - www.dearwendy.dk

www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php4?article_id=7022
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 9:56:06 AM EDT
Sounds like a real wiener.

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 9:57:27 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/3/2005 9:57:40 AM EDT by SmilingBandit]
That plot sounds like it was concted with chemical assistance.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 9:57:31 AM EDT
artsy piece of shit.

The dandies? Are these the first pink pistols?
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 9:58:11 AM EDT

I see that the UK has a firm grasp of
American society.

Excuse me, I need to head down to the
saloon to get my jug of wiskey with 'XXX'
written on the side.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 9:58:44 AM EDT
"Tonight, you men will sleep with your rifles. You will give your rifle a girl's name because this is the only pussy you people are going to get."

" What's this weapon's name, Private Pyle?"

" Sir, the private's weapon's name is Charlene".
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 9:59:06 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 9:59:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SmilingBandit:
That plot sounds like it was concted with chemical assistance.



That is exactly what I was thinking. Someone got very high whent they dremp up this plot.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:00:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/3/2005 10:01:49 AM EDT by ElCamino]
Hey, has anybody seen a mining village recently?

I think they got their idea of American society from watching Blazing Saddles.

ETA: Oh. Missed it. Its a Lars Von Trier thing. He's a hack in the greatest sense of the word.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:01:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By bigscrun:
teh ghey...........



Well... the lead charecter is named Dick.

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:01:07 AM EDT
Taken from socialistworker.com ???

There's your answer right there, boys...
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:01:12 AM EDT
Do you ever wonder why US filmakers don't make films bashing Europe?

It's because most of Europe is so insignificant, no one cares.

Some Europeans have major penis envy when it comes to the US.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:01:18 AM EDT

Dogville was the worst movie ever and Dear Wendy is another chapter in Lars Von Trier's hate fest of America.

Shok
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:01:27 AM EDT
Dear Wendy,

Your owner is a fuckwit.

Dear Wendy the Film,

Your writer, director, and producers are all fuckwits, pardon my language.


No, on second thought, don't pardon it.

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:02:38 AM EDT


The realism of the film is slightly unhinged.



Do ya think???

More flatulent bilge from leftists that has nothing to do with real life.

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:03:14 AM EDT
We need to kick those limey POSs out of North America.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:04:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/3/2005 10:05:28 AM EDT by macman37]
Just going out on a limb here, I'm gonna guess that NRA member Michael Moore is gonna love this "movie".

(edit: only pointing out he's an NRA member because every time he spouts his antigun stuff liberals are quick to add that he's an NRA member, as if that lends any credence to what he excretes I mean says)
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:08:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/3/2005 10:13:11 AM EDT by LoginName]
Hey! They have a message board... ARFCOM fire mission, anyone?
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:09:35 AM EDT


Socialist Worker Online (UK)
August 6th edition




I always get a warm fuzzy when the socialists call me evil. It's only then when I know deep down, that I'm doing the right thing.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:10:47 AM EDT
Those commies crave our freedoms, but lack the balls to get theirs back. So, they make shitty films depicting US as losers to help allievate that loser feeling in them. Projection is the term, and they projected it on a screen.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:12:10 AM EDT
So when is the Worker's Anarchist Paradise gonna get off the ground?

ARFCOM needs a cool name like the "Dandies".
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:12:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/3/2005 10:13:27 AM EDT by Dolomite]


He begins to recruit fellow misfits into his secret society called the Dandies. They dress in highly theatrical garb.

On the fringes of the town among derelict buildings they set about steeping themselves in the science of ballistics and the physical effects of bullets. Their favourite innocent pleasure is shooting practice.

Despite evidence to the contrary, the Dandies view their small world, a village square, as a fearsome place where citizens can’t walk freely.


Wow. It's like a little snapshot of my own IDPA club!

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:14:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hipster:
writer/director Lars Von Trier (Dogville).



Isn't Dogville that movie with Nicole Kidman so anti-American that even lard-tub Roger Ebert gave it a thumb down?

"Oh ya. Yoo Americans so rasist ahnd vyoolent. You likey gahns and boobs. We Uropeeean so tolerant we let Mooslem kill and as tem fur forgiveness"
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:15:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hipster:
Dear Wendy exposes the US’s gun culture
The new film Dear Wendy explores the rotten heart of the US, writes Stephen Philip

Socialist Worker Online (UK)



Well, that tells you all you need to know. 100% political. Get rid of as many guns as possible in the Capitalist west so that they can't resist being invaded and overthrown by Socialist/Communist "liberating" armies.

And they must have gotten that plot from some homeless bum who just took a good hit of acid.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:20:20 AM EDT
We are now referred to as "the rotten heart of the U.S."???!!!!

No, the rotten heart of the U.S. are those that hate this country but still live in it so they can use the First Amendment.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:21:42 AM EDT
OMG! SquatDog posted on their message board saying “that I bet none of you dandies could handle a full power punch from me.”
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:23:47 AM EDT
More leftist "propaganja" (propaganda inspired by smoking weed).
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:24:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dolomite:
OMG! SquatDog posted on their message board saying “that I bet none of you dandies could handle a full power punch from me.”

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:25:18 AM EDT
The people who don't like the private ownership of guns are those people who would like to dominate the USA, and tell the sheeple what to do. True, a lot of people think that the right to own a gun is generally symbolic, but nevertheless, it is printed right there the USA Constitution is there is no escape, no matter how much you wish it was gone. The right is there is I'm alive.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:26:21 AM EDT
I'm "loving" a lot of guns at the moment. Does that make me a slut?

This plot and story line sounds so shallow and obvious I'll bet there is a scene where all the "Dandies" stand around, drop trous and compare the size of their guns to their penis'.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:29:03 AM EDT
I made a contribution to their message board regarding my tragic ocean kayak accident.]

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:29:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
We are now referred to as "the rotten heart of the U.S."???!!!!

No, the rotten heart of the U.S. are those that hate this country but still live in it so they can use the First Amendment.



Bite your tongue! Liberals will tell you themselves that "dissent is the highest form of patriotism"
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:29:59 AM EDT
That story is lame.
We can only buy one's with orange caps on the end so he should of knew it was real.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:30:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dolomite:


He begins to recruit fellow misfits into his secret society called the Dandies. They dress in highly theatrical garb.

On the fringes of the town among derelict buildings they set about steeping themselves in the science of ballistics and the physical effects of bullets. Their favourite innocent pleasure is shooting practice.

Despite evidence to the contrary, the Dandies view their small world, a village square, as a fearsome place where citizens can’t walk freely.


Wow. It's like a little snapshot of my own IDPA club!

www.socialistworker.co.uk/graphics/2005/1962/dear_wendy.jpg



Hey! That one kid has a Han Solo Blaster!!!

RUN!!

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:34:06 AM EDT
It seems that the majority of leftist "art" is very childlike. Seeing the world through a child's eyes may sound warm and fuzzy but it ends up being just plain stupid when it's done by 30, 40, 50 or 60-something-year-old lefties.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:36:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By California_Kid:
I made a contribution to their message board regarding my tragic ocean kayak accident.]



I requested membership in the dandy club, with my 10/22 and .38
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:37:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
We are now referred to as "the rotten heart of the U.S."???!!!!

No, the rotten heart of the U.S. are those that hate this country but still live in it so they can use the First Amendment.



Makes me feel all warm inside.

If they hate our 2nd amendment so much why don't they come and take it?

Pacifists/socialists aren't very good at grabbing guns...
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:45:21 AM EDT
Looks more like this movie is a remake of "The Little Rascals"



Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:46:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dolomite:
OMG! SquatDog posted on their message board saying “that I bet none of you dandies could handle a full power punch from me.”



I saw that, that was hilarious!
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:52:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hipster:
It seems that the majority of leftist "art" is very childlike. Seeing the world through a child's eyes may sound warm and fuzzy but it ends up being just plain stupid when it's done by 30, 40, 50 or 60-something-year-old lefties.



Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains. - Winston Churchill
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:53:57 AM EDT

I loved the film and found it to be an accurate portrayal of life in rural America. However I wish no guns would have been shown in the film. Instead the actors should have used their finger to represent a gun. Because of all the guns in this film my son will not be watching it.

Ms. Harlson-Kartright


I can't tell if that person is serious or not - but that's a hilarious post.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:56:22 AM EDT
Looks like Janet Reno dropped in as well...
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 10:57:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dolomite:

I loved the film and found it to be an accurate portrayal of life in rural America. However I wish no guns would have been shown in the film. Instead the actors should have used their finger to represent a gun. Because of all the guns in this film my son will not be watching it.

Ms. Harlson-Kartright


I can't tell if that person is serious or not - but that's a hilarious post.



Are you serious?

Is DOGSQUAT really on their socialist forum?

ROFL!

Ben
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 11:08:18 AM EDT
Can you say "straight to video"?

I knew that you could!
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 11:11:02 AM EDT
I like to very much see all the gun taken away from the people. You don´t use an AR-15 to hunt the duck or an Uzi to kill the deer. Only the military and the federal agent need a Glock 40!

-Dolomite-

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 11:15:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By hakim:

Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains. - Winston Churchill



I was a conservative by the fourth grade. Don't punish me for being ahead of the curve.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 11:21:39 AM EDT
Imbroglio:

The problems with owning firearms is that sooner or later the government is going to send jack-booted-thugs into your living room and stomp your dog.


Link Posted: 8/3/2005 11:22:30 AM EDT
at least the blond chick was hot.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 11:26:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/3/2005 11:27:04 AM EDT by MachinegunManiac]
Why don't they stop hating our rights and take a look at the mobs and crime elements that rule their cities.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 11:28:00 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Fourays2:
at least the blond chick was hot.



I'd hit it. Especially if she wore that outfit.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 11:32:25 AM EDT
I see that Squatdog wants "more thrusts per squeeze"
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