The Element Of Crime

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime, Science Fiction

Vaguely impressive but amazingly pretentious, this Danish film shot with English dialog features Elphick (QUADROPHENIA, GORKY PARK) as a retired policeman living in Cairo who undergoes hypnosis to help him recall the details of the "Lotto murders" of little girls. He travels through a ravaged Europe (exactly what happened is never made clear, but it looks...read more

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Vaguely impressive but amazingly pretentious, this Danish film shot with English dialog features Elphick (QUADROPHENIA, GORKY PARK) as a retired policeman living in Cairo who undergoes hypnosis to help him recall the details of the "Lotto murders" of little girls. He travels through a

ravaged Europe (exactly what happened is never made clear, but it looks like the aftermath of a nuclear war). Following the advice of criminologist Knight, Elphick begins thinking like the killer and eventually becomes the killer himself. Filmed with great visual style, the film looks terrific but

makes almost no sense save for its "insider" references to such films noir as Jean Luc Godard's ALPHAVILLE and Fritz Lang's M. The picture also owes a debt to the surrealistic imagery of Luis Bunuel. Although it's a Danish production, director Von Trier refused to allow dubbing of the film into

that language even for domestic showings.

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Vaguely impressive but amazingly pretentious, this Danish film shot with English dialog features Elphick (QUADROPHENIA, GORKY PARK) as a retired policeman living in Cairo who undergoes hypnosis to help him recall the details of the "Lotto murders" of littl… (more)

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