La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View) (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View) (1980)

La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View)




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Director Bertrand Tavernier provides an unexpected feminist slant to the otherwise standard sci-fi trappings of Death Watch. Harvey Keitel plays a man of the future who has had a camera implanted in his brain. The mechanism, which is endowed with special X-ray properties, is activated by the user's eyes. Keitel is assigned by ruthless TV producer Harry Dean Stanton to secretly probe the subconscious of a dying woman, played by Romy Schneider. Stanton is only interested in the grim spectacle of what goes on inside the brain of someone who knows she's doomed. Keitel, on the other hand, becomes increasingly compassionate--and disgusted by the tawdriness of his assignment--as he stares into Schneider's tortured psyche. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Written By: David Compton, David Rayfiel
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Romy Schneider
as Katherine Mortenhoe
Harry Dean Stanton
as Vincent Ferriman
Max von Sydow
as Gerald Mortenhoe
Caroline Langrishe
as Girl in the Bar
Vadim Glowna
as Harry Graves
Bernhard Wicki
as Katherine's Dad
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Critic Reviews for La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View)

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | May 29, 2012
Time Out
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New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | August 27, 2012

It's an exciting tale about self-respect and personal autonomy in a society where privacy and personal identity are being steadily eroded and it's as topical today as when it was made.

Full Review… | June 3, 2012
Observer [UK]

Much like Lumet's Network, Death Watch grows only more unsettling as the years pass.

Full Review… | June 1, 2012
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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.

Christopher Brown

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