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The Boss of it All (Danish: Direktøren for det Hele) is a 2006 Danish comedy film directed by Lars von Trier. It is his first film made using the Automavision process, which involves the director choosing the best possible fixed camera position and then allowing a computer to choose when to tilt, pan or zoom.

Plot summary

The owner of an IT company wishes to sell it. But, for years, he has pretended that the real boss lives in America and communicates with the staff only by e-mail. That way, all the unpopular decisions can be attributed to the absentee manager, while all the popular ones to him directly. But now, the prospective buyer insists on meeting the big boss in person. In a panic, the owner hires a failed, over-intellectualizing actor to portray him, and the actor proceeds to improvise all his lines, to the consternation of both the buyer and the company staff, who finally get to meet their ghostly boss.

Critical reaction

The reaction to the film has been rather positive. Scoring a 75% average on Rotten Tomatoes, it has become von Trier's most critically acclaimed work since 1996's Breaking the Waves scored an 84% average. On the Internet Movie Database the film scored 6.9/10. It was also nominated for 2 Bodil Awards, 3 Robert Festival Honours and the Golden Seashell at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.


  • Jump cuts
  • Method acting (critique of)
  • Antonio Stavro Gambini
  • Metafiction
  • Authorial intentionality
  • Group hug
  • The Office, Het Eiland
  • Danes and Icelander's animosity
  • Strindberg pushes wife off the stairs
  • Notes on Ibsen
  • war between antipathic and sympethatic forces in theatre before signing the contract

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