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(2011)

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Kirsten Dunst was offered the lead role after a Skype session with Writer and Director Lars von Trier on Paul Thomas Anderson's recommendation.
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The image of Justine (Kirsten Dunst) floating down the stream with her bouquet was inspired by John Everett Millais' 1852 painting "Ophelia".
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Writer and Director Lars von Trier admitted to having written the script under heavy influence of alcohol and drugs.
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During the Cannes Film Festival press conference for this movie, Writer and Director Lars von Trier responded to a question about the use of Wagner's music, by calling himself a Nazi, and saying that he sympathized with Hitler. Despite apologizing for his remarks, he was banned from the remainder of the festival, and declared a persona non grata by festival organizers, a first in the history of the festival.
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Second part of the "Trilogy of Depression" also including Antichrist (2009), Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013), and Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013).
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According to Writer and Director Lars von Trier, "Hole 19" is "limbo".
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The painting seen in the prologue is Pieter Breughel's Hunters in the Snow (1565). This painting also prominently featured in Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris (1972). Lars von Trier often stated Tarkovsky greatly inspires him. He even dedicated Antichrist (2009) to the Russian director.
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Kirsten Dunst won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Penélope Cruz was originally cast in the lead role, but left this movie for a part in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
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John (Kiefer Sutherland) mentions several times that the golf course on their property is eighteen holes. Near the end, as Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) walks on the course through the hail, she passes a marker flag that reads "19".
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The advertisement for which Justine (Kirsten Dunst) is supposed to come up with a tagline, is based on an oil painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder titled "The Land of Cockaigne", an unflattering portrayal of excess and spiritual emptiness in a mythical land of plenty.
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John is the only character who refers to the planet as "Melancholia".
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Much like her character Justine, Kirsten Dunst has struggled with depression and completed treatment for it shortly before taking the role.
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John Everett Millais' painting "Ophelia" and Pieter Breugel's "The Land of Cockaigne" are referenced in the images of this movie. Also, both paintings can be seen in the art books that Justine uses to rearrange the bookshelves in the library.
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Stellan Skarsgård and Alexander Skarsgård are father and son.
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There is no dialogue for the first nine minutes and twenty-five seconds of this movie.
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The prologue shows in a pictorially and symbolically way the events of the whole movie. The prologue is also very different from the movie, which is filmed in a very realistic way.
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Stellan Skarsgård appeared in seven of Lars von Trier's movies: The Kingdom (1994) Breaking the Waves (1996) Dancer in the Dark (2000) Dogville (2003) this movie Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013) Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013)
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Writer and Director Lars von Trier cites Jean Genet's play "The Maids" as a source for elements of the story, adding that Penélope Cruz had originally suggested that he direct an adaptation of the play.
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Lars von Trier said he got inspiration by the Nibiru Cataclysm, a possible encounter between Earth and a planetary object. An event also referenced in the Bible (Genesis 6:13), where God said to Noah: "I am going to put an end to all people, for the Earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the Earth."
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Justine's text about the loneliness and evilness of the Earth, about to be destroyed, refers to Genesis 6:13. If Justine is right, this may explain the scientific implausibilities of Melancholia's movement towards Earth.
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Olga Kurylenko was considered to play the lead role.
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Stellan Skarsgård and Charlotte Gainsbourg appeared in Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013) and Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013).
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Kirsten Dunst and Lars von Trier share a birthday, April 30.
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Kirsten Dunst went full frontal nude for this movie.
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When Kirsten Dunst was asked what song made her cry in a Spin interview, she answered, "10 Mile Stereo" by Beach House. It was a song, she noted, that she listened to over and over again during the filming of this movie to prepare her for work.
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One of two dramatic movies released in 2011, where the appearance of a new planet in Earth's vicinity, is of major importance to the characters and plot. The other one is Another Earth (2011).
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The cast includes five performers who played vampires or appeared in at least one vampire movie or television series: Udo Kier appeared in Blood for Dracula (1974) and Blade (1998), Alexander Skarsgård was in True Blood (2008), Kirsten Dunst was in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), Sir John Hurt was in Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), and Kiefer Sutherland was in The Lost Boys (1987).
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The cast includes five people who appeared in movies based on comic books or graphic novels: Kirsten Dunst appeared in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, Sir John Hurt was in V for Vendetta (2005), Stellan Skarsgård was in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Alexander Skarsgård appeared in The Legend of Tarzan (2016), and Udo Kier appeared in Blade (1998).
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