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Lars von Trier

Forbrydelsens element (The Element of Crime)

104' - 1984 - Crime, Drama, Thriller - Dialogue: Arabic, German, English
Director: Lars von Trier Composer: Bo Holten With: Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Me Me Lai
Fisher, an investigator, returns from Europe to Caïro and seeks the help of a psychotherapist. Under hypnosis he relives his experiences. In a much changed and decaying Europe he visits Osborne, his former teacher at the police academy and author of Fisher’s bible ‘The Element Of Crime’ advocates the assumption of the criminal’s point of view by the investigator; a method directed towards the solution of a crime through complete understanding of its origins. Fisher’s attempts to reconstruct the murder case lead him more and more to the character of Harry Grey. It is a perilous path which brings him closer to the truth – Grey no longer exists.

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Lars von Trier


Bo Holten


Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Me Me Lai


Niels Vørsel, William Quarshie, Stephen Wakelam

Director of Photography

Tom Elling


Tómas Gislason


Per Holst

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Arabic, German, English

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Lars von Trier
Befrielsesbilleder (1982), The Element of Crime (1984), Epidemic (1987), Europa (1991), Breaking the Waves (1996), The Idiots (1998), Dancer in the Dark (2000), Dogville: The Pilot (2003), The Five Obstructions (2003), Dogville (2003), Manderlay (2005), The Boss of It All (2006), To Each His Own Cinema (2007), Antichrist (2009), Dimension 1991-2024 (2010), Melancholia (2011), Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013), Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013), The House That Jack Built (2018)

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