Cuentos de Borges

Death and the Compass (5 Aug. 1992)

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Erik Lonnrot
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Treviranus
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Alonso Zunz
Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez ...
Ms.Espinoza / Harlequin
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Blot
Alonso Echánove ...
Novalis
Eduardo López Rojas ...
Finnegan
Alex Cox ...
Commander Borges
Karl Braun ...
Sergeant
Gabriela Gurrola ...
Hooker / Harlequin
Ariane Pellicer ...
Natasha
Mario Iván Martínez ...
Hotel Manager
René Pereyra ...
Azevedo
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Drug Addict II
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In a nightmare city inhabited only by criminals and police... a mystic detective finds a tool to catch a villainous outlaw.

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Originally a 55 minute film for BBC released in 1992, Alex Cox had hoped to expand it into a full length feature film but BBC was not interested. However in 1993, Japanese investors gave Alex $100,000 to shoot the film but the film went over budget allowing no funds for production. Alex decided to make The Winner (1996) in order to get funds which worked and he was able to complete Death and The Compass in 1996. See more »

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Lonnrot: It's possible, but it isn't interesting.
Treviranus: What has interesting got to do with anything? We're police officers. We deal in absolute reality.
Lonnrot: Reality may avoid the obligation to be interesting, but a hypothesis may not.
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Finally, I saw it....
6 March 2002 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

I had read a review of this film probably five or six years ago, but had never been able to find it anywhere and wondered if I ever would. I happened to catch it on cable last night by accident. I'm a huge fan of Borges and think this particular story is a masterpiece that equals Poe's greatest work in terms of pure intellectual force, profundity, and use of language and references. This movie version is fairly surreal and self-consciously stylized and does add a lot of details not in the story. But after about 10 minutes or so I started getting into this interpretation and thought that overall it was very clever and artful. Peter Boyle was an interesting (weird?) choice as Lonrott, and I thought Christopher Eccleston was excellent as Red Scharlach (including the sound effects for his voice). Most importantly, I thought this movie did capture the obliterating sense of the infinite that staggers me every time I read the story.


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