"Charles... Dead or Alive"
Directed by Alain Tanner
feature from Alain Tanner (Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000, Messidor)
is a pivotal film that helped revive a dormant Swiss film industry. An incisive, witty
look at how society's expectations stifle individualism, the film tells the tale of an
upscale watchmaker who drops out his comfortable existence and retreats further and
further from the confines of reality. Upset and offended by his behavior, his family has
him committed to an asylum. Winner for Best Film at the 1969 Locarno Film Festival.
a poem, a broadsheet, a fable
it has the character of
prophecy" (Penelope Gilliatt, The New Yorker). French with English subtitles.