Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Alain Tanner
Charles, Dead or Alive | Switzerland | 1969 | 35mm | 93 min. | French with English subtitles Director: Alain Tanner
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Cast: François Simon, Marcel Robert, Marie-Claire Dufour Tanner’s coruscating debut introduces a figure who will recur throughout his body of work: the individual who, confronting an insupportable social reality, decides instead to launch himself into the unknown without a safety net. In this case, the insubordinate is Simon’s small factory owner, who, faced with perfect middle-class comfort and no end in sight, decides to detonate his cookie-cutter existence.