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Watch Lars Von Trier ‘Sympathize With Hitler, a Little’ in Cannes 2011

The Danish filmmaker caused an uproar at the Cannes Film Festival when he made clumsy remarks about Hitler and Nazism | VIDEO

Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier caused an uproar on Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival when at a press conference for his film "Melancholia" he wandered into a rambling statement about feeling sympathetic to Hitler.

The video below shows von Trier speaking, and his star Kirsten Dunst looking intensely uncomfortable as he goes on about Hitler. 

Read also: Cannes Blasts Lars von Trier For Joking About Nazis; Filmmaker Apologizes 



Von Trier said: "I think I understand the man. He’s not what I would call a good guy, but I understand much about him, and I sympathize with him a little. But come on – I’m not for the Second World War. And I’m not against Jews – Susanne Biers, no not even Susanne Bier (that was also a joke). I am of course very much for Jews."

The director later formally apologized for his remarks.