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CHARLES MORT OU VIF by Alain Tanner

17.11.2006


Charles, mort ou vif

Texte

CHARLES DEAD OR ALIVE Alain Tanner's first feature film, which won the Grand Prix at the Locarno Festival in 1969, is the kind of manifesto that, with other films such as LA LUNE AVEC LES DENTS and HASCHICH by Michel Soutter, put Switzerland on the world cinema map at the end of the 1960s. That the critics baptised the wave which emerged at this time as the “new Swiss cinema” simply reflects the fact that the “old” Swiss cinema was unknown to the cinema-going public. Today, the appeal and energy of this first film remain undiminished, magnified by the exceptional stature and presence of François Simon and the sublimely uncluttered camera work of Renato Berta. (Frédéric Bas)