The Element of Crime

The Element of Crime (1984)

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Science Fiction
  • Release Date: 1984-05-14
  • User Rating: 6.3/10 from 189 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 44min
  • Language: العربية
  • Production Company: Det Danske Filminstitut
  • Production Country: Denmark
  • Director: Lars von Trier
star 6.4/10
From 189 Ratings


Fisher, an ex-detective, decides to take one final case when a mysterious serial killer claims the lives of several young girls. Fisher, unable to find the culprit, turns to Osbourne, a writer who was once respected for his contributions to the field of criminology. Fisher begins to use Osbourne's technique, which involves empathizing with serial killers; however, as the detective becomes increasingly engrossed in this method, things take a disturbing turn.

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  • Michael Elphick

    as Fisher
  • Esmond Knight

    as Osborne
  • Me Me Lai

    as Kim
  • Jerold Wells

    as Kramer
  • Ahmed El Shenawi

    as Therapist
  • Astrid Henning-Jensen

    as House Keeper
  • Janos Hersko

    as Coroner
  • Stig Larsson

    as Coroner's Assistant
  • Harry Harper

    as Portier 1
  • Roman Moszkowicz

    as Portier 2
  • Lars von Trier

    as Schmuck of Ages
  • Frederik Casby

    as White Policeman
  • Duke Addabayo

    as Black Policeman
  • Jon Bang Carlsen

    as Angry Policeman
  • Leif Magnusson

    as Hotel Guest
  • Preben Lerdorff Rye

    as Grandfather
  • Camilla Overbye Roos

    as Lotto Girl 1
  • Maria Holkenfeldt-Behrendt

    as Lotto Girl 2
  • Mogens Rukov

    as Librarian
  • Gotha Andersen

    as Judge
Camera Tom Elling Director of Photography
Directing Lars von Trier Director
Sound Bo Holten Music
Production Per Holst Executive Producer
Lighting Jens Gielow Gaffer
Production Per Årman Production Manager
Camera Søren Berthelin Camera Operator
Lighting Flemming Bruhn Pedersen Gaffer
Editing Tómas Gislason Editor
Costume & Make-Up Birte Christensen Makeup Artist
Crew William Quarshie Translator
Lighting Eg Norre Lighting Technician
Writing Lars von Trier Screenplay
Costume & Make-Up Manon Rasmussen Costume Design
Art Peter Høimark Production Design
Lighting Jan Guldbrandsen Electrician
Camera John Johansen Still Photographer
Writing Niels Vørsel Screenplay
Directing Åke Sandgren Assistant Director
Crew Lasse Spang Olsen Stunts
Crew Peter Høimark Special Effects
Camera Steen Møller Rasmussen Camera Operator
Camera Otto Stenov Grip
Production Sanne Arnt Torp Production Manager
Art Tove Robert Rasmussen Property Master
Editing Jack Thuesen Assistant Editor
Sound Tómas Gislason Sound Editor
Production Liz Cassidy Casting
Sound Iben Haahr Andersen Sound Engineer
Sound Morten Degnbol Sound Engineer
Sound Peter Englesson Assistant Sound Engineer
Editing Michael Frank Nielsen Color Grading
Crew Stephen Wakelam Translator
Crew Palle Arestrup Post-Production Manager
Directing Åke Sandgren Second Unit Director
Art Peter Grant Props
Art John Johansen Props
Art William Knuttel Props
Art Jeffrey Nedergaard Assistant Production Design
Art Lars Nielsen Props
Art John Wexøe Painter
Sound Henrik Fleischer Location Sound Recordist
Crew Lasse Spang Olsen Stunt Coordinator
Crew Ole Jacob Victor Stunts
Camera Leif Stubkjær Underwater Camera
Sound Bo Holten Conductor
Directing Stine Monty Freddie Continuity
Crew Christel Hammer Public Relations
Production Jan Richter-Friis Production Assistant