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

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

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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

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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.

May 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

August 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
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.

June 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

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

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

So deliriously improbable is its blend of contributing elements, and so prescient is its peculiar version of the future, that you can almost forgive this curio the rather tepid character drama that holds together all its odd particulars.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: MovieScope
MovieScope

It is a prescient but lugubrious sci-fi satire about reality television, though a more low-key satire can hardly be imagined.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

A true cult classic.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Romy Schneider positively sizzles while the atmosphere remains suitably chilly.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

It's let down by preachy dialogue, but makes striking use of the Scots locations.

May 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Its plot is a credibility stretch even in these days of de rigueur media paranoia, and its relentlessly murky, moody tone might raise the odd giggle, but Tavernier's long-neglected sci-fi curiosity is compelling nonetheless.

May 16, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

A promising but ultimately disappointing sci-fi futuristic drama.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Acerbic and utterly prophetic

February 4, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

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.
April 9, 2008
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