The film's writers, Belvaux, Poelvoorde and Bonzel, all appear in the film using their own first names: Poelvoorde as Ben, the killer; Belvaux as Rémy, the director; and Bonzel as André, the camera operator. "[21], On January 25, 2018, The Hindu reported that a man bit a police dog in Houston while trying to evade arrest. Directed by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde. Man Bites Dog (French: C'est arrivé près de chez vous, literally "It Happened Near Your Home") is a 1992 Belgian black comedy crime mockumentary written, produced and directed by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoît Poelvoorde, who are also the film's co-editor, cinematographer and lead actor respectively. But if a man bites a dog, that is news. Man Bites Dog is shot in black and white and was produced on a shoe-string budget by four student filmmakers, led by director Rémy Belvaux. The camera crew is then picked off one by one. Dog Shoots Another Hunter", "No Hard Feelings After Dog Shoots Huntsman in France", "Dog Shoots Man Accidentally, Police Say", "Dog Shoots Man: Pet Owner Recovering After Freak Gun Accident", "Dog Named Trigger Shoots Indiana Hunter in Foot", "Man bites snake in hour-long battle to survive",, Articles with Russian-language sources (ru), Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 27 August 2020, at 00:07. After the camera falls, it keeps running, and the film ends with the death of the fleeing sound recordist. [15], In April 2014, CNN reported a mom bit a pit bull attacking her daughter. Design and text © 1996 - 2020 Jon Sandys. Holden concluded his review by stating that the film "gets carried away with its own cleverness. [16], On June 14, 2014, the South Wales Argus ran a front page teaser headlined "Man Bites Dog" about a man who has been accused of assaulting his partner and her pet dog. [8] In 2003, the video was banned in Ireland.
When Ben takes a couple hostage in their own home, he holds the man at gunpoint while he and the crew gang-rape the woman. Ben discovers that his parents have been killed, along with his girlfriend Valerie: a flautist, she has been murdered in a particularly humiliating manner, with her flute inserted into her anus. Ben (Benoît Poelvoorde) is a witty, charismatic serial killer who holds forth at length about whatever comes to mind, be it the "craft" of murder, the failings of architecture, his own poetry, or classical music, which he plays with his girlfriend Valerie (Valérie Parent). Contact me | Privacy policy | Join the mailing list | Links. The phenomenon is also described in the journalistic saying, "You never read about a plane that did not crash". But Man Bites Dog isn’t ultimately about how Ben’s behavior changes for the camera; it’s more about how the filmmakers become complicit in his crimes.

All rights reserved. When Ben invades a home and kills an entire family, they help him hold down a young boy and smother him. It makes the audience the butt of a nasty practical joke. Since its release, the picture has become a cult film, and received a rare NC-17 rating for its release in the U.S.[4]. Granted, the very act of following around a serial killer is absurdly, hilariously compromised, but a slow progression bridges the … Spattered with blood, they act as though nothing horrible has happened, continuing to offer Ben presents. [12], On December 2, 2012, Sydney Morning Herald reported about a man that bit the dog and its unfortunate consequence; 'Man bites Dog, goes to hospital' [13], On May 5, 2013, "Nine News", an Australian news outlet, ran a story headlined "Man bites dog to save wife" about a man who bit a Labrador on the nose, after it attacked his wife and bit off her nose. This film is rated NC-17 by the Motion Picture Association of America for "strong graphic violence".

He was rescued after it eventually relaxed its grasp enough for him to access his mobile phone. An event is usually considered more newsworthy if there is something unusual about it; a commonplace event is less likely to be seen as newsworthy, even if the consequences of both events have objectively similar outcomes. [14], On March 12, 2014, Rosbalt, a Russian news agency, reported that a man in Lipetsk had burnt a bed in his apartment, run around the city in his underwear, and, finally, "bit a fighting breed dog" following an hours-long online debate about the situation in Ukraine.
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