Charles, Dead or Alive

by Alain Tanner 1h32min Switzerland 1968
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Charles, Dead or Alive
by Alain Tanner

On the 100th anniversary of the founding of a watchmaking company in Geneva, Charles Dé the founder's 50-year-old grandson has had it: he speaks eccentrically to a reporter, recognizing his grandfather as a craftsman and his son as a businessman, but is evasive about himself. He gives his family the slip and moves in with a young couple he meets by chance, doing the cooking, reading, drinking, and engaging in philosophical discussions with them. The young couple comes to love Charles. In secret, he stays in touch with a daughter, and the rest of the family hires a private investigator to find him, setting in motion a business take-over that threatens his Bohemian happiness.

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  • François Simon : Charles Dé
  • Marie-Claire Dufour : Adeline
  • Marcel Robert : Paul
  • And with: André Schmidt, Maya Simon, Michèle Martel, Jo Excoffier, Jean-Pierre Moriaud, Jean-Luc Bideau


  • Director Alain Tanner
  • Scenario Alain Tanner
  • Photo director Renato Berta
  • Sound Paul Girard
  • Editing Sylvia Bachmann
  • Original music Jacques Olivier
  • Producer Alain Tanner
  • Production Compagny Groupe 5
  • Distributor TF1 - Droits Audiovisuels

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1.66:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1968
  • Release date for France01/15/1970
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageFrench
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