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Epidemic (1987)

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

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 ... Himself
Claes Kastholm Hansen Claes Kastholm Hansen ... Himself
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 ... Himself
Joergen Christian Krueff Joergen Christian Krueff ... (as Jørgen Christian Krüff)
Jan Kornum Larsen Jan Kornum Larsen
Gitte Lind Gitte Lind ... Herself
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish | English

Release Date:

11 September 1987 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Epidemia See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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

References Taxi Driver (1976) 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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A movie about making movies
21 April 2009 | by gothic_a666See all my reviews

"Epidemic" is, at its heart of hearts, a movie about making movies. As such it challenges the relation between fiction and reality. The two are not statically established realms, self contained in their clearly contained functional domains but they are dynamically interacting at all levels and at all times. The result is a movie in which the narrative structure is dual and of a meandering nature, climaxing in what could be a merge between a programmed project that involves human intellectual intervention- the movie within the movie- and the outbreak of a natural phenomenon with its catastrophic consequences- the epidemic.

Styllistically, "Epidemic" is very much a Lars Trier movie and it shows. From the apparently disconnected flow of scenes to mix of gritty realism with allegory, the director imprints his very personal mark in all elements of "Epidemic". Its very structure attests to this and the imagery reflects it in a very overt manner. "Epidemic" seems to be a playing ground of sorts in which Lars von Trier experiments as much as possible and in trying different things creates a diverse mismatch of scenes that not always work completely well together although they create an atmosphere.

As the process of coalescence between "fiction" and "reality" (this reality being, of course, fictional in itself which adds another layer of complexity and challenges the very notion of the third and fourth walls) heightens the narrative frame shrinks from the stage that is Europe to a small room. The claustrophobia of the later phase of the movie bring the full impact of the plague to the viewer's attention via a limited sample of the population that permits a personal experience of it all.

Much like Bergman's "The Seventh Seal", the plague in question is to be read on many levels and very much like the Swedish director's movie, "Epidemic" is not for everyone. Those who find it interesting, however, may have a strangely riveting experience upon watching this clearly unconventional movie that pushes many borders even if does not do so in a completely coherent manner.


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