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Epidemic (1987)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 11 September 1987 (Denmark)
A director and screenwriter pen a script and, in the process, blur the line between fiction and reality.

Director:

Lars von Trier

Writers:

Lars von Trier (screenplay) (as Lars Von Trier), Niels Vørsel (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Allan De Waal Allan De Waal
Ole Ernst Ole Ernst
Michael Gelting Michael Gelting
Colin Gilder Colin Gilder
Svend Ali Hamann Svend Ali Hamann ... Self
Claes Kastholm Hansen Claes Kastholm Hansen ... Self
Ib Hansen Ib Hansen
Anja Hemmingsen Anja Hemmingsen
Kirsten Hemmingsen Kirsten Hemmingsen
Cæcilia Holbek Trier Cæcilia Holbek Trier ... (as Cæcilia Holbek)
Gert Holbek Gert Holbek
Udo Kier ... Self
Joergen Christian Krueff Joergen Christian Krueff ... (as Jørgen Christian Krüff)
Jan Kornum Larsen Jan Kornum Larsen
Gitte Lind Gitte Lind ... Self
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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 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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Drama | Horror

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Trivia

The story Udo Kier's character Udo tells Lars and Niels, is actually the real story of Udo Kier's birth. See more »

Quotes

Cabbie: What the hell. All a nigger needs are loose shoes, tight pussies, and a warm place to shit.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Europa' (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Weird film. To watch only if in the right mood.
11 June 2005 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

I obviously was in the right mood, since I don't give it a horrible mark. I do give it a 6 out of 10, because it is obviously such a low budget movie and it's definitely very original, but other than that, I am still amazed I watched it till the end.

Two screenwriters are trying to do in 5 days what they barely succeeded in one and a half years, that is write a script. They lost their original screenplay, which by now they can barely remember how it started, due to a bad disk. Each day is accompanied with scenes of their creative process, scenes from the movie they would do and dialogues with different people.

Now it happens that I've just written an IMDb comment that said "Funny little things: Udo Kier plays a short role in this movie, and he is really young". Deja vu! Udo Kier plays in this one, as well.

The movie is shot in black and white, probably by the same single camera, and the sound is almost not processed giving the whole movie a documentary like feeling. There are a lot of things written between the lines, the satire of the government and film industry being the most obvious.

Conclusion: you should watch this mostly if you're Danish. Else if you are a movie critic or deep into films. It is NOT a horror movie. A movie that has some gore at the very end is not horror. And also you have to have the right set of mind to watch it.


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Country:

Denmark

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Release Date:

11 September 1987 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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$938
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1.66 : 1
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