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THE ELEMENT OF CRIME (1984)

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"An utterly mesmerising crime thriller." Q Network Film Desk


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Catalogue No. ACC0043
SRP A$29.95
APN 9333723000431
DVD Release Date 10 Apr 2008
Director Lars von Trier
Producer Per Holst
Cast Michael Elphick, Me Me lei, Esmond Knight, Jerold Wells, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Astrid Henning-Jensen, Ghota Andersen
Genre Crime Thriller
Rating M (Recommended for mature audiences)
Run Time 104 Minutes
Visual Format 16:9 Anamorphic
Audio Format Dolby 5.1
Language English
Special Features - About Lars Von Trier - Making of Element of Crime
Quotes "An utterly mesmerising crime thriller." Q Network Film Desk
Awards 1984 - Nominated - Golden Palm - Cannes Film Festival 1984 - Winner - Technical Grand Prize - Cannes Film Festival 1985 - Winner - Bodil Awards - Best Film

Synopsis
Lars Von Trier’s first feature film, THE ELEMENT OF CRIME, is a futuristic horror-thriller, murder-mystery set in a post-apocalyptic Europe where morals are so utterly corrupted that one man’s attempt to unravel them is doomed to failure.
Fisher has returned to Cairo after leading a murder investigation in Europe. Obviously traumatised by the experience he remembers little, is obsessive and is plagued by crippling headaches. Seeking the help of a hypno-therapist, he travels back in memory and pain… back to Europe.
Europe has changed. Decay and dereliction prevail. A series of bizarre murders - The Lotto Murders - has occurred in Innenstadt harbour. Fisher leads the investigation under the command of Police Chief Kramer, whose methods greatly differ from Fisher’s. He remembers Osborne, his former teacher at the police academy, had previously led this investigation and had established a link between the murders and a surveillance report on a man called Harry Grey. This report on Grey, however, has only blank pages.
Fisher then stumbles across the missing Harry Grey file on a return visit to Osborne’s house. Osborne’s insistence that Grey no longer exists, furthers his determination to resolve the mystery.
Exquisitely shot in an amber sulphurous light, THE ELEMENT OF CRIME seamlessly blends conventions of science-fiction and film noir with the director’s unique technical innovations to create a masterpiece unlike any other film ever made.
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