There are no cast or crew credits at the beginning of Lars von Trier’s latest film. Instead, a caption announces that Dogville will be “told in nine chapters and a prologue.” When I read that, a question popped into my head: Am I going to be so bored by this hifalutin nonsense that I will be mentally screaming, “C’mon, chapter 9!” before the halfway mark, or will I be so absorbed by an idiosyncratic work of art that I’ll greet that...
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