Film Series : Rediscovering Alain Tanner

Charles, Dead Or Alive

Charles mort ou vif

1969, Alain Tanner, Switzerland, 93 min. With François Simon, Marcel Robert.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 1st 7:45pm
  • Sat, Jun 2nd 5:15pm

"A politically complex, spirited movie which glitters with intelligence, a unique straight-faced humor, and half-concealed gaiety." - Penelope Gilliatt, The New Yorker

Tanner's nimble, lucid, witty first feature centers on Charles De, an aging conformist who suddenly drops deep out of life and emerges a madman - in other words, a man "mad" enough to accept he world on his own uncompromising terms. Dodging detectives, he joins a miniature anarchist community in the country; by the time the authorities get their man, it no longer matters. François Simon as Charles delivers an acerbic, drily humorous performance that steers clear of saintliness. In French with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Alain Tanner film on any applicable Saturday this month, and get a ticket for the second Tanner film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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