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Death Watch (1980)

La mort en direct (original title)
R | | Drama, Sci-Fi | April 1982 (USA)
Roddy has a camera implanted in his brain. He is then hired by a television producer to film a documentary of terminally ill Katherine, without her knowledge. His footage will then be run ... See full summary »

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Girl in the Bar
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Roddy has a camera implanted in his brain. He is then hired by a television producer to film a documentary of terminally ill Katherine, without her knowledge. His footage will then be run on the popular TV series, "Death Watch"... Written by Philip Brubaker <coda@nando.net>

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She's the target of every eye...including eyes only science could create.

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At one point of the film, the character played by Max von Sydow tells some historical facts about the Medieval French composer Robert De Bauleac while listening to one of his work on a record player. When the film was released, a good number of music lovers tried to get a copy of the very same record in specialized stores which could never provide any for a very good reason: Robert De Bauleac has never existed and the composition heard in the film is none other than Antoine Duhamel's work. However the concerned peace of music, "Robert De Bauleac's Lament", has been since available as part of the complete movie soundtrack. See more »

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Katherine Mortenhoe: Everything's of interest, but nothing matters.
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Harvey Keitel wears a Seiko watch. See more »

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References The Masque of the Red Death (1964) See more »

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Katherine's Progress
Written by Antoine Duhamel, Produced by Gabriel Boustiani
Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Harry Rabinowitz
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cult movie shot in Glasgow- Scotland in 1979
9 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film was shot in my home town, Glasgow, in 1979. Since then it has rarely been seen and indeed I only saw it myself for the first time this year. Our local arthouse cinema, the Glasgow Film Theatre, screened a one off presentation of what was alleged to be the last print in existence. Though the print itself was old and worn the film blew me away with its futuristic storyline, fantastic cast and phenomenal locations. It captures Glasgow as it was in the late 70's just before a period of great changes in the landscape of the city. Tavernier skillfully uses an environment that is full of eery imagery - graveyards, cranes and an industrial landscape that is grinding to a halt. The film also depicts a society fascinated with death. Harvey Keitel is excellent as the human camera that allows society the ultimate act of voyeurism - watching someone die on TV. Awesome. Someone, somewhere please commission


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