Element of Crime details
|Formats:||15 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Neil Vorsel, Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Lars Von Trier, Udo Kier, Me Me Lai, Jean-Marc Barr, Barbara Sukowa|
|Director:||Lars Von Trier|
Element of Crime
|1hr 39 mins||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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Seasoned music fans ...By a customer from HARLOW , 05 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Seasoned music fans are surely wary of the term 'ethereal' bandied around whenever music reviewers deem a given band 'pretty beyond conventional description' but nonetheless 'spooksome'. Likewise, it's advised that film fanatics squint suspiciously at anything lauded as 'metaphysical'. In actuality this usually means 'archly confused', 'vague' or perhaps even 'chaotically dim-witted'. In the case of Europa strike up the spirit of all three. Metaphysics, being the study of higher forms or concepts beyond the boundaries of nominal sensory experience, does not lend itself well to cinema's very immediate pleasures. Metaphysical thematics therefore need to be earned through characters with a capacity to feel, learn, suffer and celebrate, unlike Von Trier's short-sighted stoical shadow puppets. But, as other examples prove, Von Trier has little but childish contempt for the characters he chooses to fatten and taunt before execution, whirling round subsequently and sneeringly complaining about inhumanity and prejudice. Other than this, Von Trier proves just how fundamentally inept a filmmaker he really is with this interminably pedestrian, presumptuous, convoluted (but never complex) musing on what musing would be like if it wasn't such a necessary chore.
A dim light amongst the ravishing technical pyrotechnics on display, suffocated within the shrill screams of vapidity. This film is like an ugly car crash victim propped up with beautifully designed medical equipment trying to sort out the quietly writhing mess under hallucinatory moonlight.
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Epidemic - another tagged filmBy unknown98 (14 reviews) from London , 06 Jul 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]I tried to watch Epidemic but it has the word 'Epidemic' across the top of the screen in red throughout the film. I don't know whether this is the director or the publisher of the DVD, but I cannot watch a film with something on the screen
I will never bother with this film again, which is a shame because I usually like Lars Von Trier
Lars Von Trier's E-TrilogyBy Kick (12 reviews) from Birmingham , 05 Jan 2010Oh what to say! Quite hard going, gritty, dark very atmospheric, Touched all your senses/emotions
what a mess....By blahblahblah (48 reviews) from Sandy , 25 Aug 2009We loved 'Dogville' & 'Breaking The Waves', but this was tedious, pretentious, old pelt.
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Element of Crime - My ReviewBy DaddyTank (228 reviews) from Ulan Bator , 20 Apr 2009Beautiful and surprisingly comprehensible, this is the best of art house film. It is also quite easy going for a von Trier film.
2 out of 3 ain't badBy deadmanjones (34 reviews) from Stockport , 06 Mar 20093 Films are included in this collection. Europa is the most famous, and is also the most successful at marrying a stunning visual style to a strong thematic core. Element of Crime is no less successful at this, but its wilfully confused logic might leave some viewers cold as much as it entertains others (and its always worth seeing Michael Elphick getting a decent acting role). Epidemic is the pebble in the shoe of the three, and it knows it. Eccentric longeurs, amaterish acting and a largely improvised plot are enfuriating when you watch the film, but become entertaining when you watch the documentary that explains how and why the film was made.