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Vive la mort  (Long Live Death)

Switzerland  ·  1969  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  79'  ·  o.v. French/Italian

Reusser’s first fiction feature film, which was selected at the very first Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 1969, was shot in September 1968, affected by the events of May, which the young director was heavily involved with. Combining humor, irony and idealism, the filmmaker tells the story of a young couple that is fed up with life and passes through the clichés of paternalistic Switzerland. This biting criticism of contemporary capitalistic society was not consistently well received in Switzerland (where the Heimatfilm parody does not go over well), but it did considerably better in France.

Restored by the Cinémathèque suisse with support from Memoriav.
Screenings
Thursday 9 | 8 | 2018  ·  16:15  ·  Cinema Rialto 1  ·  Sub. English,French
Director
Francis Reusser
Cast
Françoise Prouvost Edouard Niermans André Schmidt Erika Dänzler
Cinematography
Renato Berta
Music
Patrick Moraz
Screenplay
Patricia Moraz, Francis Reusser
Editing
Françoise Prouvost
Production
Milos Films
Swiss Distributor
Cinémathèque suisse
info@cinematheque.ch

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