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

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½ March 9, 2015
More relevant today than when it was filmed!
June 28, 2014
Perhaps too intellectual and character-driven to satisfy Sci-Fi fans, Bertrand Tavernier's futuristic tale of media and what would soon become "reality TV" is a dead-on dark glimpse into humanity and human cruelty. The film also features unique departures for both Harry Dean Stanton and Harvey Keitel. Both actors are given the opportunity to play characters unlike what we are used to seeing them play. And, as always, one is reminded of the cinematic power and charm of the late Romy Schneider. Dark, disturbing and provocative cultural commentary.
January 28, 2014
Let ya know in a bit.
January 23, 2014
Strong performance by Harvey Keitel, beautiful cinematography but with an otherwise tepid presentation.
½ July 21, 2012
A precursor to movies like The Truman Show, this anticipated, thirty years ago, an obsession with reality TV. It's also fairly clunky, which some lovely visuals do nothing to alleviate.
June 5, 2012
A bit strange. Occasionally a bit slow. Captivating performance by Romy Schneider.
½ January 1, 2012
It's not exactly bad, but the sci-fi didn't fit well into this drama.
½ May 16, 2010
El reality show hace 30 años
½ April 18, 2009
"Paseaba cerca de un río, cuando vio a alguien ahogándose. Se tiró al río y avanzó hasta donde no hacía pie y entonces le gritó 'Yo no sé nadar, enséñeme y le salveré" ... Creía haber dejado atrás la omnipresente frase de Machado: "El ojo que ves no es ojo porque tú lo veas, es ojo porque te ve", pero parece hecha para esta película fascinante.
March 15, 2009
Titolo italiano: La morte in diretta
½ February 23, 2009
Really prophetic for its time, with a well written script and nice performances. However the inability of science-fiction to predict mobile phones and speech synthesis when they are obviously capable of wireless video transfer (much more diffictult) and speech analysis... makes it look a bit "weird" today...

PS: great landscapes of the UK included
February 12, 2009
je l'ai vu au cinema il y a bien longtemps : ca m'avait remuee !!
January 9, 2009
It always interests me that filmmakers seem to have anticipated the advent of Reality TV by several decades (this one's by no means the first such movie). Distrust of the media must have been rife even in 1980.
This is an excellent film, but I do question one of the things the ending suggests - that by actually dying, Katherine will bring about the downfall of the corrupt Producer. I suspect that the spin doctors would soon have him coming up roses. After all, they've been advertising that they'll show someone's death, and the someone actually dies. That may not have been the original intention, but if I were unscrupulous enough I've no doubt I could capitalize on it.
August 12, 2008
Wht are the French so much better at Science Fiction? Always try and catch this when it's on tv. (And Glasgow never looked meaner).
Super Reviewer
April 9, 2008
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.
½ January 20, 2008
Sur la TV-réalité dans les années 1980, déjà, celles de la crise et de la technologie. Vieux film pourtant terrifiant de réalité. Un des derniers rôles de Romy Schneider, majestueuse et humaine. A voir pour ne pas oublier.
½ November 25, 2007
One of Romy Schneider's final films before her untimely suicide, La Mort En Direct is a film, like Network, that presages reality TV and the terrifying lengths people go to in an effort to get ratings. If you can track it down, watch it immediately.
October 29, 2007
vieux mais tellement d'actualité !
October 16, 2007
A film years before its time! Disturbing, and uncomfortably similar to present day society's fascination with reality TV.
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