La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View)
La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View) (1980)

Director Bertrand Tavernier provides an unexpected feminist slant to the otherwise standard sci-fi trappings of Death Watch. Harvey Keitel plays a man of the future who has had a camera implanted in his brain. The mechanism, which is… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1980
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

While it may be conceptually rooted in science fiction, 'Death Watch' is essentially melodramatic in tone and execution: it was shot in late '70s Glasgow with not a shiny jumpsuit or flying car in sight.

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Shaun Munro
What Culture

Much like Lumet's Network, Death Watch grows only more unsettling as the years pass.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

A true cult classic.

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Adam Lippe

Tavernier slips in subtle touches that seem meaningless and would normally have a big circle around it and an arrow pointing at it and saying "look at me, I'm important," but instead reinforce the droning, impersonal nature of this particular society.

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Anton Bitel

So deliriously improbable is its blend of contributing elements, and so prescient is its peculiar version of the future, that you can almost forgive this curio the rather tepid character drama that holds together all its odd particulars.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Romy Schneider positively sizzles while the atmosphere remains suitably chilly.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

It's an exciting tale about self-respect and personal autonomy in a society where privacy and personal identity are being steadily eroded and it's as topical today as when it was made.

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Peter Bradshaw

It is a prescient but lugubrious sci-fi satire about reality television, though a more low-key satire can hardly be imagined.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

It's let down by preachy dialogue, but makes striking use of the Scots locations.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Brown
More of a drama than one would expect from the plot summary, this is a great little film that probably rings truer today than when it was made, which made it… More