Martin Scorsese jumps through Von Trier’s “Obstructions”

By Sean O’Connell For film geeks, this news is bliss.

In 2003, Danish auteur Lars Von Trier (“Dogville”) puts his friend and fellow filmmaker Jorgen Leth through a series of directorial exercises. Called “The Five Obstructions,” Leth was forced to follow Von Trier’s absurd requests when it came to making a short film. The result was something wildly creative yet constricting every time. But the exercise itself, from a filmmaking standpoint, was exhilarating.

It’s about the get better.

Von Trier is setting up another set of “Obstructions,” but this time he’ll be collaborating with Martin Scorsese, according to Screen Daily.

“The idea behind this obstructions thing is that you give each other tasks which will move you into an area where you have been reluctant to go yourself,” Von Trier told the site. “Under protest, you do that and then you enlarge your repertoire.”

While details on the collaboration are being kept under wraps, it’s believed Von Trier wants Scorsese to revisit “Taxi Driver” and, perhaps, improve on it. Seriously, I can not wait for this. It should be brilliant.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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