Charles, Dead or Alive

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Charles, Dead or Alive

philosophy geneva, switzerland watchmaker

Charles, Dead or Alive

Release Date: January 15, 1970

Year    :   1970
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   Groupe 5, SRG SSR
Director    :   Alain Tanner
Producers    :   Alain Tanner, Michel Bühler
Writers    :   Alain Tanner
RunTime    :   93 mins.

On the 100th anniversary of the founding of a watchmaking company in Geneva, Charles Dé the founder's 50-year-old grandson has had it: he speaks eccentrically to a reporter, recognizing his grandfather as a craftsman and his son as a businessman, but is evasive about himself. He gives his family the slip and moves in with a young couple he meets by chance, doing the cooking, reading, drinking, and engaging in philosophical discussions with them. The young couple comes to love Charles. In secret, he stays in touch with a daughter, and the rest of the family hires a private investigator to find him, setting in motion a business take-over that threatens his Bohemian happiness.

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