Deconstruct the films of Lars von Trier at the Thin Man

Currently in the spotlight for his latest film, Melancholia -- in which life goes on in a world under the threat of total destruction -- Danish director Lars von Trier peppers his movies with avant-garde visuals, misogyny, complex stories and stylized stagings. And since the release of Element of Crime in 1984, von Trier's been cranking out work to repeated critical acclaim and awards.

Beginning tonight with a screening of Element of Crime and continuing though February 22, the Ubisububi Room at the Thin Man will feature eight von Trier films screening at 8 p.m. Wednesday nights. The series concludes with Manderlay, the second in a yet-to-be-completed trilogy of severely staged dramas that commenced in 2003 with Dogville; in between, you'll see such films as Dancer in the Dark, a musical that stars Bjork. Visit the Thin Man website for a complete schedule -- but in the meantime, here are the most important details: The series is free, and you can have a drink (although you'll have to buy it).

Here's a taste of von Trier to whet your appetite:

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