Originally a 55 minute film for the BBC released in 1992, Alex Cox had hoped to expand it into a full length feature film but the 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 »
It's possible, but it isn't interesting.
What has interesting got to do with anything? We're police officers. We deal in absolute reality.
Reality may avoid the obligation to be interesting, but a hypothesis may not.
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This film was originally made in 1992 in a 50 minute version, which was shown on BBC TV and also Spanish television. Director Alex Cox wanted to expand the film to feature length but did not have sufficient financing at the time, and a few years passed before he could afford to shoot the extra material required. The newer footage consists mainly of extended monologues to camera by an older, embittered version of the character of Treviranus, and a flashback sequence showing the robbery of the Used Money Depository by Red Scharlach's gang. Of the lead actors, only Miguel Sandoval was available to reprise his original role, so his screen time is greatly extended in the feature-length version. The character of Red Scharlach is included in the robbery scene, but remains masked and silent so that the actor in question did not have to appear. See more »
In his Death and Compass Jorge Luis Borges mocked Arthur Conan Doyle's brainchild Sherlock Holmes with his pure deduction and in his film Alex Cox goes still farther – he stretches the story to its logical limit turning it into an acerbic black comedy. The scene is some dystopian megalopolis consisting of back alleys and human warrens. And he crams it with Borges' symbols and signs: infinite mazes and deceitful mirrors, he even puts there Borges' hypothetical locus mundi – the mystical aleph. This brilliant movie is rather hard to get into and appreciate fully so it suits best only those who are both Jorge Luis Borges and Alex Cox connoisseurs.
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