Death Watch [BluRay/DVD Combo] [Blu-ray]
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A highly acclaimed French film from 1980, Death Watch was directed by the great French director Bertrand Tavernier (Coup De Torchon, Life And Nothing But, Capitaine Conan) and filmed on location in Glasgow, Scotland.
The story is part human drama and part futuristic cautionary tale and focuses primarily on two people: terminally ill Katherine (Romy Schneider, Whats New Pussycat, Ludwig) and Roddy (Harvey Keitel, The Duellists, Bad Lieutenant, Reservoir Dogs), who, after having a camera implanted into his brain, is hired by the producer of the TV series Death Watch to film a documentary of Katherine without her knowledge. Both deeply moving and a fascinating look at society in decay, this is a must-see film, and one made even more poignant knowing that star Romy Schneider herself died tragically only two years later at the age of 44.
Also starring Harry Dean Stanton (Repo Man, Paris, Texas), Max von Sydow (The Seventh Seal, The Exorcist) and Robbie Coltrane (Mona Lisa, Cracker).
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! AS ADVERTISED !
DVD Menu and Sleeve Notes in Portuguese
Audio in English
Subtitles are Optional
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Alas, the audio is not in English, but in French, in which I am far from fluent. There is no English audio option.
The two stars represent a compromise between the film I remembered and hoped for (and the video quality seems very decent) and the disappointment at the language barrier as delivered. I'll hang onto the disc (who knows? I may return after forty years to my study of French, or perhaps I'll learn to lipread) rather than returning it, but the seller really should be aware that the product he delivers does not match his online description in this very important particular.
Way ahead of its time in showing Reality TV, and definitely in-synch with our prediliction for being obsessed with others' misfortune. Good acting, but some incomprehensible actions on the part of Katherine (Why does she return to her former husband? Why did she never change her name after marrying her second husband? Why is she not relieved when she finds out that (SPOILER) her diagnosis was an error? ) So, for me, this was a confusing mess, but it did try to ask big questions about life/death/ privacy, etc. Very little action, and lots of conversation. Not a terrible film, but definitely for fans of film -- not for the masses.
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