Charles, Dead or Alive

by Alain Tanner1h321968Switzerland

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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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  • Credits

    • Production Compagny : Groupe 5
    • Distributor : TF1 - Droits Audiovisuels
    • Photo Director : Renato Berta
    • Producer : Alain Tanner
    • Director : Alain Tanner
    • Scenario : Alain Tanner
    • Sound Recorder : Paul Girard
    • Editing : Sylvia Bachmann
    • Original Music : Jacques Olivier
  • Technical details

    • Printed format : 35 mm
    • Sound mix : Stéréo 2.0
    • Year of production : 1968
    • French release date : 15 janvier 1970
    • Category : Feature film
    • Color : Black and White
    • Language : French

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