La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View) (1980)
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as Katherine Mortenhoe
as Vincent Ferriman
as Gerald Mortenhoe
as Girl in the Bar
as Harry Graves
as Katherine's Dad
Critic Reviews for La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View)
At almost two overwritten hours of overacting, it's a long time dying.
It is a prescient but lugubrious sci-fi satire about reality television, though a more low-key satire can hardly be imagined.
Romy Schneider positively sizzles while the atmosphere remains suitably chilly.
While it may be conceptually rooted in science fiction, 'Death Watch' is essentially melodramatic in tone and execution: it was shot in late '70s Glasgow with not a shiny jumpsuit or flying car in sight.
Tavernier slips in subtle touches that seem meaningless and would normally have a big circle around it and an arrow pointing at it and saying "look at me, I'm important," but instead reinforce the droning, impersonal nature of this particular society.
Audience Reviews for La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View)
More of a drama than one would expect from the plot summary, this is a great little film that probably rings truer today than when it was made, which made it seem like a sci fi.
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