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CHARLES, DEAD OR ALIVE

CHARLES, DEAD OR ALIVE

CHARLES, DEAD OR ALIVE

1969 / 93min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ALAIN TANNER

CAST: FRANçOIS SIMON, MARCEL ROBERT, MARIE-CLAIRE DUFOUR

Tanner’s coruscating debut introduces a figure who will recur throughout his body of work: the individual who, confronting an insupportable social reality, decides instead to launch himself into the unknown without a safety net. In this case, the insubordinate is François Simon’s small factory owner, who, faced with perfect middle-class comfort and no end in sight, decides to detonate his cookie-cutter existence. No mere sloganeering radical, Tanner here already shows himself acutely aware of the emotional cost of resistance, drawing blood with his bold opening shot.

Charles, Dead or Alive is screening as part of the series Alain Tanner. Click here for more info.