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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Written By: David Compton, David Rayfiel
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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
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Critic Reviews for La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View)

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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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Full Review… | June 29, 2011
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
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
Examiner.com

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.

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