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NYMPH()MANIAC: Vol. I – Prologue


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Most Movie Snobs with whom I have spoken and corresponded have expressed aucun désire in seeing the two-part opus from the Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier, Nymphomaniac Vols. I & II.

They have expressed the aforementioned sentiment without even asking about “the sex scenes.”

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I was reluctant to see them myself.  But, since the movie falls squarely within my niche, I felt a professional duty to report on this unusual cinematic release for Les Movie Snobs.

I have done my branded diligent research for you.  To ensure you don’t feel that you’ve missed out, my review will be meted out piecemeal, just like the movie.

This introduction, sans the long black screen and with the actual accompanying melodic tune which I invite you to play, will set the tone. Then I will parallel the five chapter structure of Vol. I.

As it turns out, the Danish director has made a most decidedly French movie.

To paraphrase the great Fran Lebowitz:  There are two kinds of French movies- Good French Movies and Bad French Movies.  Good French Movies are ones that I want to see.  Bad French Movies are movies I don’t want to see.

François Truffaut made Good French Movies.  Jean-Luc Godard continues to make Bad French Movies.

Nymphomaniac Vols. I & II are Bad French Movies you don’t want to see.


This site was borne of my passion for movies, particularly French films. I have spent time in France and am fluent in the language, hence the “le”. The “snob” part, while of French origin, is not meant to intimidate, but rather an effort to reclaim the word from the pretentious, just as the gay community has done with the word “queer.” We’re all snobs; we all like what we like.

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