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  1. VincentVendetta's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    I never though I'd ever associate Lars von Trier with bad, superficial art films of the 80's...

  2. Lex Lucas's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    A pearl of style, great work for a first long feature. Already pessimist. Strange I've never heard anybody speaking about Trier's debut films, they're very insightful. The movie itself sweat Tarkovskys references in style; those water dolly shots, the donkey in slow mo rolling, the icon figures shots, and the sepia tone. Close to Lopushanski works but before.

  3. Faustgelopoulos's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    It´s kind of hard to watch. Still, great film from von trier

  4. FISCHER's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    Une oeuvre étonnante, glauque au possible, qui suscite un envoûtement irrépressible et constant, une puissante fascination hypnotique, de bout en bout... www.cinefiches.com

  5. LauraPalmer's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    The Europa trilogy: Europa > Epidemic, The Element of Crime

  6. Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    Stylistically it's a great way to shoot a film. A murder mystery a la Tarkovsky. It's got all the features of the filmmaker Von Trier would become.

  7. ANGSTZUSTAND's rating of the film The Element of Crime

  8. Les films du miroir magique's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    Dirk Bogarde was right in considering this as scrap, but anyway, this is very original scrap.

  9. Pollyaluja's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    Deconstruction of european heritage as a brilliant prelude to LvTs trilogy shrouded with all it’s hazy components, all out sepia soaked, myth dripping, trance … something, but not a rigid criminology - a lit & film genre that were too deeply rooted within european, esp. german culture since Aufklärung. On this account it is on many levels self-referential; which is however a typical characteristic for a debut work.

  10. ginobartolomi's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    Some of the most beautifully shot scenes in cinema! This film is clever and thoughtful and hypnotic. Lars Von Trier created a dark, wet universe in which the story unfolds of a man obsessed- haunted, even- by a string of murders and finding the man responsible for them, losing sense of his own identity along the way.

  11. Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    Efforts to imitate Tarkovsky seem juvenile; the landscape of a film like Stalker robbed of spiritual transcendence by an unrelenting post-modern cynicism. However, as a Borgesian procedural, in which themes of identity, culpability & performance are clearly broached, as well as an extended narrative of hypnotic suggestion, wherein the entire film takes place within the characters own subconscious, the film is unique.

  12. Zigge's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    A somewhat forgotten masterpiece. I was so happy when finally, after a long struggle, to get a hold of a DVD. It was such a pleasure to "own" it (by the time MUBI didn't exist ; ). When I saw it on TV I was so stunned I called all my friends if they saw it. But no. I still feel I'm the only one, well, one of the few... who really has seen this. It's really a film you want the world to see. To share.

  13. nazli kok's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    reminds me 'kafka', der prozess

  14. gorkem sever's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    yellow between orange transition create psychological effect on humans mind, add more complexity.

  15. Dogukan4Ever's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    1984, dir. LARS VON TRIER - 7/10 (Denmark) Genre(s): Crime, Drama, Thriller

  16. esen özen's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    İzlenmesi her ne kadar zor olsa da (özellikle atmosfer, ışık oyunları ve mekanlar açısından) genel olarak görülmesi gereken bir Trier filmi olduğunu düşünüyorum. İnsanı geren bir yapıt, yönetmenin isteği üzerine. Jenerikte çalan parça dışında hiç rahat vermiyor izleyiciye, bir de filmin içine serpiştirilmiş küçük animasyonlar :)

  17. Güven Şahinkanat's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    this movie wants some effort from audiences.For me İt needs time , I m sure another month or another year when I watch this movie , I m going to find new hints. the only problem thing is colour grading , this colours really really bothered me . I loved trier's melancholia , anti -christ , nymphomaniac but I can't say same things for this movie.

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  19. jehki's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    The film certainly has its qualities with its beautiful neo-noir imagery and the mesmerising plot. The end result however is at times hilariously tacky, acting mainly terrible and the different bits and pieces don't always seem to be from the same film. Element of Crime seems rather like a high school film club flick, although an enjoyable one.

  20. Leif Erikson's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    -Why do you keep torturing yourself? -I have to, I believe in joy!

  21. sacajawèale's rating of the film The Element of Crime

  22. Max Seqgar's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    If you liked Europa, you will love this. Prelude to that masterpiece, but this one in style is really cool. Story so so; but entertaining nonetheless.

  23. Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    A stunning and hypnotic debut from a filmmaker who would go on to change the way we see movies!

  24. Dada Kubin's rating of the film The Element of Crime

    The cinematography looks gorgeous to my eye, I could decorate my living room with stills from this film. Yet the picture suffers from mediocre acting, clumsy dialogue and overall poor script. Nevertheless, an ambititious (what equals to some pretentious) start to a great career in cinema.

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