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Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Alain Tanner
The Middle of the World | Switzerland | 1974 | 35mm | 115 min. | French with English subtitles Director: Alain Tanner
After the glad-handing, married Swiss politician Paul (Léotard) falls for an emotionally-withdrawn Italian café waitress (Carlisi), his campaign goes into a subsequent tailspin. Tanner stages the fallout in strikingly stark, formal style, with Brechtian breaks including interstitial date-keeping cartoons, disjunctive landscape shots, and musical interludes by Patrick Moraz.