Epidemic (1987)

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A film director and a script writer (performed by Lars von Trier and Niels Vørsel themselves) write a screenplay, in which an epidemic spreads about the whole world. Like the protagonist ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Allan De Waal
Ole Ernst
Michael Gelting
Colin Gilder
Svend Ali Hamann ...
Claes Kastholm Hansen ...
Ib Hansen
Anja Hemmingsen
Kirsten Hemmingsen
Cæcilia Holbek Trier ...
(as Cæcilia Holbek)
Gert Holbek
Joergen Christian Krueff ...
(as Jørgen Christian Krüff)
Jan Kornum Larsen
Gitte Lind ...


A film director and a script writer (performed by Lars von Trier and Niels Vørsel themselves) write a screenplay, in which an epidemic spreads about the whole world. Like the protagonist they do not notice, that a real epidemic is developing around them. Written by Fredrik Klasson <fredrik.klasson@boras.mail.telia.com>

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The second film in Lars on Trier's 'Europa' trilogy which illuminates the traumas of Europe in the future. The two other parts are The Element of Crime (1984) and Europa (1991). See more »


Cabbie: What the hell. All a nigger needs are loose shoes, tight pussies, and a warm place to shit.
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The film's title appears in red letters in the upper left corner of the screen for the entire length of the film. See more »


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Epidemic We All Fall Down
Music by Peter Bach (as Bach)/Richard Wagner (as Wagner)
Lyrics by Lars von Trier (as Lars Von Trier) & Niels Vørsel
Vocalist: Pia Cohn
Orchestra: Aske Jacoby, Frank Stangerup, Klaus Menzer, Jens Haack
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Dogma avant-la-lettre
25 November 2006 | by (The Dutch Mountains) – See all my reviews

EPIDEMIC (Lars von Trier - Demark 1987).

Von Trier's second feature reveals his obsessions with cinema, with his self-imposed limitations on film-making in many ways foreshadowing Von Trier's later obstructions upon Jorgen Leth in THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS (2003).

Essentially a film about his own obsessions, or a grand parody on horror, as some suggested. Von, Trier, frustrated by the delay of his never realized project, "The Grand Mal", about two gangster families in divided Berlin, made a bet with film consultant Claes Kastholm of the Danish Film Institute, claiming that he could make a feature film for one million Danish kroner. Resulting partly in an amateur movie about a film director and a scriptwriter who must write a new manuscript in five days, interspersed with scenes from the film they are working on - about a young idealistic doctor in the late 20th century, who tries to fight an epidemic, but only manages to spread it further. The film culminates with the outbreak of a deadly plague, not in the past but in the present. Throughout the film, Von Trier shows his fascination with Germany, for example, during a ride through the "Ruhrgebiet", the industrial core of Europe, or the world, at least during the '80s.

Camera Obscura --- 8/10

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