In the White City

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Ganz, that great loner of modernist cinema, here plays a Swiss seaman who jumps ship in Lisbon, gets involved with a barmaid, and sends reels of home movies back to his wife. Adrift in the exotic White City, he is robbed and then stabbed, loses the barmaid after a passionate fling, and finally hitting rock bottom he raises the fare home. The home movies, accompanied by Jean-Luc Barbier's beautiful, hard-edged jazz score, terrifyingly reflect the disintegration of a man in flight from himself. But this is no idling tract on alienation, more an intrigue built around silences, blankness, deceptions of space and time. A teasingly simple film that compels and stimulates.

By: JCo

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Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Alain Tanner
Screenwriter: Alain Tanner
Cast: Bruno Ganz
Teresa Madruga
Julia Vonderlinn
José Carvalho
Victor Costa
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