Evil Carries No Passport

Is Elephant, the high school shooting movie that won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, anti-American?

To many people around the world, the U.S. is an international bully, swaggering, breaking things, indifferent to the human or political cost. Some movie people, for whom every perceived moral disaster is just a melodrama waiting to be scripted, think they have a fantasy answer to the threat of America: blow it up.

That, at least, was the solution proposed in the two works that dominated the 56th Cannes Film Festival. One picture came in with all the hype: Dogville, Danish director Lars von Trier's upending of Our Town into the tale of a small-minded Colorado community that torments a beautiful...

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