Lars von Trier

The Element of Crime

The Element of Crime

Lars von Trier’s stunning debut film is the story of Fisher, an exiled ex-cop who returns to his old beat to catch a serial killer with a taste for young girls. Influenced equally by Hitchcock and science fiction, von Trier (Europa, Breaking the Waves, The Idiots) boldly reinvents expressionist style for his own cinematic vision of a post-apocalyptic world. Shot in shades of sepia, with occasional, startling flashes of bright blue, The Element of Crime (Forbrydelsens Element) combines dark mystery and operatic sweep to yield a pure celluloid nightmare.

Film Info

  • Lars von Trier
  • Denmark
  • 1984
  • 104 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Danish
  • Spine #80

Special Features

  • New widescreen digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • Stig Björkman’s critically acclaimed 52-minute documentary Tranceformer: A Portrait of Lars von Trier (1997), with optional English subtitles
  • Trailer
  • In English, with optional subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

New cover by Olga Krigman

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New widescreen digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • Stig Björkman’s critically acclaimed 52-minute documentary Tranceformer: A Portrait of Lars von Trier (1997), with optional English subtitles
  • Trailer
  • In English, with optional subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

New cover by Olga Krigman

The Element of Crime
Cast
Michael Elphick
Fisher
Esmond Knight
Osborne
Meme Lai
Kim
Jerold Wells
Kramer
Ahmed El Shenawi
Therapist
Astrid Henning-Jensen
Housekeeper
János Herskó
Coroner
Preben Lerdorff Rye
Grandfather
Gotha Andersen
Judge
Lars von Trier
Schmuck of ages
Credits
Director
Lars von Trier
Screenplay
Lars von Trier
Screenplay
Niels Vørsel
Cinematography
Tom Elling
Production design
Peter Hølmark
Special effects
Peter Hølmark
Editing
Tómas Gislason
Sound effects
Tómas Gislason
Music
Bo Holten
Performed by
Ars Nova
Performed by
the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Executive producer
Per Holst

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