This Is How the End Begins

The Apocalyptic ‘Melancholia’ Packs Quite a Few References Into Its Opening Minutes

MANOHLA DARGIS
THE OSCARS


THERE are 16 shots in Lars von Trier’s hauntingly beautiful overture to “Melancholia,” a movie about love, family and the apocalypse. The movie, among Mr. von Trier’s greatest, stars Kirsten Dunst as Justine, a young advertising copywriter who, shortly...

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