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The Element of Crime (1984)

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Original title: Forbrydelsens element

DVD Release Date
• R1: Sep 19, 2000

Running Time
1 hour, 44 minutes

Country Denmark

Production Companies
Det Danske Filminstitut, Per Holst Filmproduktion

Studio Kaerne Film, Per Holst Film

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• The Element of Crime
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• The Last Tourist in Europe
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Genre: Drama, Murder, Suspense, Serial Killer, Detectives, Disturbing, Futuristic, Post-Apocalypse

Plot: Danish director Lars von Trier’s debut feature film--also his first English-language effort--is an extremely hypnotic, moody thriller. The story opens in the desert of Egypt, where police detective Leopold Fisher (Michael Elphick) is hypnotized and asked to recount the recent events of his life. It seems that Fisher has been called back to a small town where he has previously spent time in order to investigate the brutal murders of several little girls who sell lottery tickets. He reunites with his mentor, Osborne (Esmond Night), the writer of a controversial book entitled THE ELEMENT OF CRIME, in which he recommends that investigators adopt the point of view of killers in order to better predict subsequent tragedies. When Fisher meets Kim (Meme Lei), a beautiful young woman, the pair embarks on a journey that begins to blur the line between Fisher’s simulated killer and the real thing.

Von Trier’s film is a bold exercise in style, using hypnotism to support the slowly unfolding story. Visually, he soaks the film in a sepia tone, incorporating double exposures and super-8 footage to add even more stylish effect. The result is a deeply puzzling murder mystery that stands as an extremely bold directorial debut.

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 Directed by
Lars von Trier
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 Written by
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 Music By
Bo Holten
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