LARS Von Trier has been forced to watch every film he has ever made before being allowed back into the Cannes film festival.
The avant-garde camera-pointer, who is being punished for repeating an old Freddie Starr routine about Nazis, has been strapped into a chair with his eyes stapled open in a homage to an over-rated film that is still more than 800 times better than anything he has ever thought of.
Projectionist Tom Logan said: “At first things seemed pretty peaceful, like everyone else who has seen Breaking the Waves he cried with boredom and then fell asleep. Or at least he would have were it not for the eye-staples.
“Watching The Idiots merely made him realise the extent to which he has wasted his own and everyone else’s time, but when the opening credits to Dancer in the Dark came up, his screams were of the blood curdling nature you’d expect from somebody about to spend two and a half hours watching Bjork. In a musical. Where everybody dies.
“Before we’d got to the second song I’d lined up all the reels and gone outside for a stiff drink and a cigarette.”
The French film festival chose a particularly cruel punishment for Von Trier after initially resisting the temptation to furnish him with a list of known Jews and Communists amongst the artistic community.
Von Trier’s agent, Trier Von Lars, said: “Twenty minutes after he’d made the Nazi comments, a lorry driven by Mel Gibson pulled up outside the hotel with Woody Allen, Harvey Weinstein and about 50 others in the back and a note saying ‘gypsies and homosexuals arriving tomorrow’.”
But with Von Trier currently trying to kill himself while watching Antichrist, the festival insisted the punishment had sent the right message after Guy Ritchie was seen setting fire to a swastika and urinating on a photo of Herman Goering.