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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 <>

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Drama | Horror


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Release Date:

11 September 1987 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Epidemia  »

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The script von Trier and Vørsel have just finished writing at the beginning of the film is titled "The Policeman and the Whore" - an apparent reference to their previous collaboration, The Element of Crime (1984), whose lead characters are a detective and a prostitute. 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 »


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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The man's a genius.
28 September 2004 | by (canada) – See all my reviews

Of course, you gotta be a masochist to enjoy some people's genius - you know that if you bear with them they will take you to new levels of perception.

With Lars von Trier, the voyage is often hilarious. Epidemic is funny. Funny, in a Gummo kind of way: the characters are real, reality is eerie, and we laugh to break the tension; funny in a the characters say amusing things kind of way (preacher: "this bible is in goddamned Latin"); and funny in an Andy Kaufman screwing with the audience (yes, you) kind of way.

Make no mistake: you will suffer. If you are afraid, stay away from horror movies, ya pansy!

This movie also features some great aesthetic distance! It's bold!

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