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January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Film critics and writers who were invited to attend an “exclusive and super-secret” screening at the Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday night were treated to the first public showing of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Volume 1. “The film’s identity was so closely guarded that even the ushers didn’t know,” wrote Andrew Stewart in Daily Variety. The film is being released in the U.S. on March 21 in two versions, one rated NC-17, the other, R. The audience was shown the NC-17 version. “While exceedingly graphic, Nymphomaniac is no porno,” wrote Andrea Mandell in USA Today. She praises star Shia LaBoeuf for “delivering his most adult performance to date” and observes that “the Sundance audience sat stunned and enraptured throughout the two-hour film.” Steven Zeitchik, who covered the screening for the Los Angeles Times, was clearly not “enraptured,” but he nevertheless wrote that the film, “has an unexpectedly straightforward and surprisingly (if not always intentionally) comedic undertone.”