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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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: Let's just say I'm looking for a more rabbinical explanation.
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I thought it was just awful.
15 January 2002 | by (Boston, MA, USA) – See all my reviews

I liked Boyle's performance, but that's about the only positive thing I can say. Everything was overdone to the point of absurdity. Most of the actors spoke like you would expect your 9-year-old nephew to speak if he were pretending to be a jaded, stone-hearted cop, or an ultra-evil villain. The raspy voice-overs seemed amateurish to me. I could go buy a cheap synthesizer and crank out better opening music. And what's with the whole 1984ish police torture stuff? It was totally superfluous and had nothing to do with the actual events of the story. Cox added a lot of things, in fact, that he apparently thought would be really cool, but had nothing to do with the story. That's a big disappointment because one of the things that makes Borges' stories so good is his minimalism -- they are tightly bound, with no superfluous details. This movie is just the opposite. I stopped watching after the scene where Lonnrot is questioning the guy from the Yidische Zaitung, or thereabouts. I wasted $4 renting this, but at least I can get some satisfaction from writing this review and hopefully saving others from making the same mistake.


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