Det gode og det onde (1975) - full transcript

An extension of The Perfect Human, Good and Evil is a longer, more expansive pseudo-documentary portrayal of life, no less. Using capacious titles or chapter headings that Leth's narrator's voice dwells upon and impresses upon us as he toys with the cliché "Faces", "Bodies", "Things", "Necessary actions", "Unnecessary actions", Good thoughts", "Bad thoughts", "Pleasant feelings", "Unpleasant feelings", and "Words" - the film consist of aesthetically titillating and contentually almost schematic scenes shot in the void of the film studio: faces, bodies and things. A man with a shoe. Another man with a hardboiled egg which he talks about and eats. A woman gives her husband a shirt. A couple who argue. A desperate woman. And so forth. There is no psychological shading of the characters, merely a series of sketches or examples that are as if plucked out of different everyday contexts. The thread leading back to Life in Denmark is thus also clear. The dialogue is sparse and phrases or fragments of phrases recur, spoken by different actors and in different roles, which may be viewed as an accentuation of the ordinariness of these little utterances and as an awareness of language as such. Besides the professional cast work the film uses several photographic models, the circus artiste Diana Benneweis, and the cyclist ole Ritter, who all pose in front of the camera in small tableaux. In addition to the craziness of the project the film also contains a series of zany comic acts with Claus Nissen to carry them. He bursts into song while washing his hands, dances in an empty room, plays rhythmic games with the statement "Bossa nova rhythms I have nothing against" and repeats his mysterious closing line from The Perfect Human: "Today, too, I had an experience ..." The framework for the scenes is made up of a couple of visual leitmotifs by way of house fronts and landscapes. In addition a beautiful travelling shot from an avenue at dramatically appropriate moments is accompanied by one of the two tunes by Gunner Møller Pedersen from the film, sung in a girlish voice by Sanne Salomonsen. In 1999 Lars von Trier chose the film to represent Danish cinema at a number of European film festivals over a period of three years ("15 x 15: European Cinema Heritage").

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GOOD AND EVIL

Life is interesting.
We will investigate it.

We will take a closer look at it.
Where do they live;

Where can they be found every day;
They lives in houses.

Life takes place behind
windows and doors.

They move about in the rooms.

Their voices penetrate the walls.

They keep their things and their
feelings and thoughts in the houses.

The face is the first thing we notice.

Faces are very different,
and they are expressive.



You can recognise a person
by his face.

We can see from the facial
expression what's inside.

We can see whether
the person is good or bad.

The face is a mirror,
and it never lies.

1. The Faces

Faces are different in quality.

Some are beautiful,
others are ugly.

Just like the fact that some people
are attractive, others repulsive.

Eyes.

Teeth.

Forehead. Chin.

The air.
The landscapes.

The roads.

Next we investigated their bodies.



We immediatelity notice
certain differences.

First of all the difference between
the male and the female anatomy.

The investigation of bodies soon
turns into a question of taste.

The difference between a biautiful
body and an ugly one is obvious.

Can we explain why some are
rejected and others coveted?

2. The Bodies

Why one category of humans
is called boring and unattractive,-

-whereas another is considered
exiting and beautiful?

They're surrounded by things.
They live with their things.

Things are part of their
surroundings, part of their lives.

Some things are used every day.
They generate thoughts and feelings.

Other things are not used at all.
They are simply kept.

Things are usually tangible.

They have their particular places,
so that they can be found.

Most things are simply
ordinary, functional things.

3. The Things

But there are many useless,
ugly things that nobody needs.

They are there,
so we cannot disregard them.

I will not be forced
to live his life.

I want to live my own life.

Yoy can do this with a shoe.
If it's a good shoe, that is.

I always buy good shoes.
I can't stand bad shoes.

Good shoes cost more, but in my
experience they're worth it.

I only wear good shoes.

Here I stand with my sunglasses.

I like using sunglasses
when the sun is really bright.

It's nicest to use sunglasses
when the sun shines brightly.

It's nice to see the world
through a pair of sunglasses.

They're good sunglasses.
The colour suits me.

I've got several.
I like to change sunglasses.

Change colour.

Life is full of actions.

At any time,
people are doing things.

Everybody carries out a lot
of actions every single day.

It is part of everyday life
to be doing something.

Many actions are so ordinary
and simple that they are habits.

Other actions are difficult and may
require planning or decisiveness.

The actions fill in life.

4. The Necessary Action

It is each individual's daily actions
that give each day meaning.

Τaking action is the same
as being part of life.

This is a hard-boiled egg.

I will remove the shell.

I eat it.

I like eggs.
I eat eggs every day.

I prefer hard-boiled eggs.

I love to peel such an egg.

A little salt. But no pepper.

I decide
what I want to think about.

I hate being bored.

I eat hard-boiled eggs.
I said:

I eat hard-boiled eggs.

This is a nice apple.
Really juicy.

Just the way I like it.
And it's not too sweet.

Yes, this is good.

Look at that. Delicious.

Down to the core. Lovely.

He lost his pants
while dancing the Charleston.

I am drinking stout.
I think stout is a good drink.

Lovely!

I'm going to lie down.
I'm tired.

Yes...

Great fridge.

I'm going to lie down.
I'm tired.

I'm going to sit down.

I'm tired.

I'm going to lie down.
I'm tired.

I'm going to lie down.

I think I will lie down.
I'm going to lie down.

I might as well.

I'm tired.
Yes, I'm tired.

I'm taking my jacket off.

I'm putting my jacket on.

I'm taking my jacket off.

I'm putting my jacket on.

Naked.

Underpants.

T-shirt.

Trousers.

Socks.

Shoes.

I guess I make my own choise

But how does it actually happen?

And why is it so?

For example, I can choose
to open the door

And shut it again

And I can choose to see

I make my own choise

But do I choose what I really want?

And how can it be so?

For example, I can choose
to mention beauty

And shatter your dream

And I can choose to laugh

To mention beauty, scent,
things natural

To shatter your dream

To feel closeness and substance

To break the ring of thought
To be honest now

I choose for myself
what I want to think about

But why does everything look
this way? I don't understand

These details are impossible
to seperate

So I choose to wait and see
To see what happens

I choose for myself
what I want to think about

But I've lost the ability to see
and to take care of everything

There's a wall with words behind it
and behind the words is silence

Hear the whistle of the wind
hear the sound of rain

I choose for myself

I look terrible today.

I don't know what happened.

Aren't you done soon?

It's disgusting.

- Aren't you done soon?
- You mean cutting my nails?

- It sounds terrible.
- Does it?

- Yes.
- Well, I'm almost done.

Two more to go.

You can't wash your hands
often enough.

I'm washing my hands.
I'm washing my hands.

I use soap and water
to wash my hands.

I'm washing my hands.
I'm washing my hands.

I use soap and water-

-to wash my hands.

This is a cup
I have broken.

It's cup I'm very fond of.

So I want to repair it.

I'm gluing my cup together.

Well,
this is serious business.

It's a nice piece of rib-eye.
What did thre butcher say?

Trim the fat of.
That's over here.

I'll give it a try.

It will be fine.
With a little bit of luck.

I shouldn't have been a bachelor.

Then again,
it has its advantages, of course.

It's really going well.
That bucher should see me now.

A fine tool.

That's beautiful.
That's baeutiful. I must say.

And here.

Isn't that nice?

They won't leave hungry,
those dear people.

I shouldn't have taken as much there.

Well, now it can go into a pot.
Let me take this bit first.

I can use that for something.
It's really nice.

Look at me go.
I haven't cut my fingers yet.

That's done.
Now we'll turn it around.

Let's see if I can get
in between here.

Now I'll cut it off the bone.

Great.
It's beautiful.

Wonderful.

I should be...

...and a professor.
But I'll manage.

But there are also
unnecessary actions.

Unnecessary actions
are parts of life too.

Many people spend a lot of time
on unecessary actions.

5. The Unnecessary Action

Generally, unnecessary actions are
carried out because they're pleasant.

But they don't lead anywhere.

I'm smoking a cigarette.

What do I like?
What don't I like?

What am I thinking right now?
What am I thinging?

I'm smoking.

I'm smoking right now.

I'm smoking a pipe.

What do I like?
And what don't I like?

How am I?

What am I thinking right now?

Yes.
What am I thinking?

Ow!

I'm smoking a cigarette.

I'm smoking a cigarette.

I'm smoking a cigarette.

Tell me what you see
Anything

It's not important
What you see is fine

Tell me what you're feeling
and what you're thinking

And tell me what you like
and what you don't like

What do you like
and what don't you like?

The view is the same
but it's raining

The wind blows
the waves are capped with white

The trees are leafless
it's winter

I turn around
and look at your face and your body

And you take my hand

You take my hand
that's all right

You pull it towards your face
and I do nothing

Tell me what you're feeling
and what you're thinking

Then tell me what you like
and what don't you like

What do you like
and what don't you like?

The view is the same
but the sun is shining

The elder flowers are wet
from the summer rain

You stop a car on the road
that's all right

You go into a place and ask
you walk to a table

And look around

Tell me what you see
Anything

It's not important
What you see is all right

Tell me what you're feeling
and what you're thinking

And tell me what you like
and what don't you like

And tell me what you like
and what don't you like.

There are thoughts
behind many actions.

Many people do a lot of thinking
every sihgle day.

It's easy to see
when someone is thinking.

It's harder to see
what the person is thinking.

Often you never find out.

The ability to think is
indispensable in daily life.

6. Τhe Good Thoughts

Thoughts lead to one decision
after another.

Good thoughts guide people
onwards on their way trough life.

Good thoughts make sense
of actions and things.

I get up.
I have to get started.

I have something to take care of.
I've got to go.

I get up.

I have to get started.

I get up.

I have to get started.

I have quite a few things
to take care of.

I'll do my best.

I will do anything I can.
I want to...

I want to help.

It will all work out.

Because it's important.
Yes... I'll manage.

Definitely.
One has to do one's best.

I spend money every day.

I spend a lot of money.

It takes quite a lot of money
to live my life.

Or the kind of life I like to live.

I need money.
And I like to spend money.

This is my son.

I'm really fond of my son.
I take my son in my arms.

I play with him,
and I feed him.

I think he is so expressive.

It's bliss to have children.

There are no limits to thoughs.

It's possible to think anything.

Thought moves freely and
unimpeded across land and water.

Through space and flesh.
Freedom of thought is boundless.

Therefore, it can fly
to the wrong places.

It can indiate dangerous actions.

Bad thoughts are the downside
of the ability to think.

7.Τhe Dark Thoughts

Bad thoughts are worthless
and repulsive. But they exist.

They are being though daily.

Bad thoughts and their refuse
take up quite a lot of space in life.

I can't be bothered.
No...

Idiot!

Damn it!

Oh well...

Thinking makes me tired.
I don't want to think anymore.

It's meaningless to think.

- If only we had a bath tub.
- Yes, that would be nice.

Here we are in our nice forniture,
but no bath-tub.

Yes, that would be nice.
Didn't I say that just now?

Yes, it would be great.
I think I'm going mad now.

I don't want to see.

I close my eyes.

I don't want to choose.
I don't want to make a decision.

But people don't just think.
They also feel.

Feelings are found inside people.
They are not always visible.

Some feelings are so strong
that they can change life.

Some people are full of feelings,
others are totally without feeling.

Feelings are a force that
makes people take action.

But sometimes feelings
are a huge inconvenience.

8. The Pleasant Feelings

Feelings can be felt in the body,
either as a pleasant energy,-

- or as pain and numbness.

Lack of feeling cannot be felt.

I love you.

I can't help it.

There's nothing else to say.
I love you.

I love you.

It's the only thing I say.
I love you. I love you.

- This is for you.
- For me?

A shirt!
Did you buy me a shirt?

That's sweet of you.

- Aren't you going to open it?
- Yes.

- What a nice colour.
- Don't you think it'll suit you?

Yes.

I'll just remove the pins.
There are so many damn pins.

- Will you help me?
- No.

I'll pour you coffee.
A good, strong cup of coffee.

I know that's how you like it.
You take neither sugar nor milk.

I love you.

A good, strong cup of coffee.
Just the way I like it.

I take neither sugar nor milk.
I love you.

I'm drinking coffee.

I spend a lot of money.

I spend a lot of money every day.

I need a lot of money to live
the kind of life I want to live.

I spend money every day.

I spend a lot of money every day.

Feelings can also be inconvenient.
Unpleasant.

They can disturb daily actions that
make every day look like yesterday.

Feelings can go
inwards and outwards.

9. The Unpleasant Feelings

They can be seen as flowering
beauty or morbid obsessions.

There is no need for unpleasant
feelings, but they can't be removed.

Unpleasant feelings
penetrate everywhere.

I spill coffee on you.
I spilled coffee on you by accident.

Sorry about that.

I didn't do it on purpose.
You mustn't be angry.

You spilled coffee on me.
You poured coffee down me.

It hurts.
The coffee was hot.

My new trousers will be stained.
It's hard to remove coffee stains.

That's a shame.
They're brand-new trousers.

I think the stains will come out
when they're dry-cleaned.

Coffee stains can be removed, as
long as there isn't any milk in it.

There was no milk in that cup.

I'm sorry I made you cry. I'm sorry
for speaking to you like that.

I shouldn't have said those things
on a day like today.

Don't think about it.
You don't, do you?

I look terrible too. I'll go
and have a shower and a cigarette.

I'll feel much better when
you get back. I'll be ever so nice.

I'm sorry I made you cry.

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry I made you cry.

I'm sorry.

No...

No, it isn't over.

It can't be over.

Just don't say anything...

No.

It hurts.
It's not right.

I guess I make my own choise

But how does it actually happen?

And why is it so?

I can for example choose
to open the door

And shut it again

And I can choose to see

I'm sorry I made you cry.

I'm sorry I made you cry.

I'm sorry I made you cry.

I make my own choise

But do I choose what I really want?

And how can it be so?

For example, I can choose
to mention beauty

And shatter your dream

And I can choose to laugh

To mention beauty scent
thing of nature

To shatter your dream

To feel closeness and substance

To break the ring of thought
To be honest now

I choose for myself
what I want to think about

But why does everything look
this way? I don't understand

These details are impossible
to sepatate

So I choose to wait and see
To see what happens

I choose for myself
what I want to think about

But I've lost the ability to see
and to take care of everything

There's a wall with words behind it
and behind the words is silence

Hear the wistle of the wind
hear the sound of rain

I choose for myself.

For the first time in my life I feel
like stabbing someone with a knife.

I feel like killing you.

What I haven't put up with.
I trusted and trusted you and...

When the chips are down...

When our friendship was really
put to the test...

You turn out to be a shit.
A selfish bastard.

Don't hold my neck.
I don't like it.

Why not?
Does it feel like coercion?

I don't care for it.
I don't like it.

There are many words in life.

Words that are whispered
and words that are called out.

And there are words
that are not spoken.

Words can explain any act.

Words can make sense of things,
thoughts and feelings.

People can lie with words
or tell the truth.

They can touch each other
with words.

10. The Words

They can use words to kill time
or to break the silence.

Words fill in the void
between bodies.

Bossa nova rhythms
I don't mind at all.

Bossa nova rhythms
I don't mind at all.

Bossa nova rhythms
I don't mind at all.

Bossa nova rhythms
I don't mind at all.

Bossa nova rhythms
I don't mind at all.

What are you thinking?

I'm not thinking anything.

- Do you like to make love to me?
- Yes. I like to make love to you.

- Do you?
- Yes.

Sometimes they also do this.

- We always do, right?
- Yes.

- They don't have to do it.
- What else?

What more do they do?

This.
But they know that.

Stop it now. I'm not saying any more
if you have to write down everything.

Get out!

You've slept in my bed.
You've fucked me,-

- you've stolen my words.
Now get out!

I want to sleep now.

I'm drinking my tea.

I'm sitting on my chair.

Not too comfortably.

I look at the wall without
seeing anything in particular.

I focus on the other person.

I'm not sure of anything.

I feel quite all right.

I don't know what I want.

I'll have to wait and see.

I don't think I know much.

I'm an old man.
I enjoy the simple pleasures.

Sometimes I think back on my life.

I've experienced many peculiar,
but also wonderful things.

I've had many good friends.

I live the quiet life now.
I tend my garden.

I sicialize with a few people,
whose company I appreciate.

I am an elderly gentleman
who enjoys good whisky.

And a pipe with Moroccan grass.

And a long night
of undisturbed sleep.

Black Nepal is too strong for me.

But I've lost the ability to see
and to take care of everything

There's a wall with words behind it
and behind the words is silence

Hear the whistle of the wind
hear the sound of rain

I choose for myself.

Today, too, I experienced something
I hope to understand in a few days.

Aroynd my left hand was
a shiny ring of hazy white flames.

In the middle of my heart
there was a small white spot.

I don't know what it means.

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