The Boss of It All (2006)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Workplace Comedy  |   Release Date - May 25, 2007 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - Denmark, France, Italy, Sweden  |  
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Lars von Trier's black comedy The Boss of It All (Direktøren for Det Hele) concerns an IT company owner who -- in need of a figurehead to "hide behind" when confronted with employee problems -- invented the personage of a CEO during the startup period for his corporation. The scheme worked for a surprisingly long period, but when the time arrives to sell the business, massive problems arise -- for the prospective buyers insist on only negotiating with the CEO, in person. Thus, the owner further extends the ruse, by hiring a down-and-out actor to impersonate the chief officer. With Direktøren for Det Hele, von Trier uses a new means of filmmaking for this film: Automavision, whereby filming is done with an "automatic randomized camera" that selects the shots. It became a means for von Trier to "clean up" his approach to directorial work and reconnect with his own love of filmmaking.

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business, CEO (Chief Executive Officer), deception, scheme