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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More Burroughs than Borges
21 March 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This wilfully bizarre adaptation of Borges short story is typical Cox. His strong visual sense is, as usual, undone by the appalling half baked acting of most of the cast. The film is definitely in the surreal tradition of Bunuel's Mexican period, and looks at times like a poor man's take on Lars Von Trier's Elements of Crime. Cox's apparent preference for single takes, jump cuts, and ambient sound recording all work against the film's effectiveness. Worth a look but ultimately disappointing.


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