9 – The Element of Crime (Lars Von Trier, Denmark, 1985)

Using odd methods, a detective returns from Cairo to solve a series of murders.

Von Trier’s signature is already taking shape in this early effort. Casting is great, dominated by late Britt actors Michael Elphick and Esmond Knight. Before going completely insane, Trier made this one with panache, intense visual style, a sense for storytelling and breathtaking ambiance with nods of surrealism.

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