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  • TBC
  • Drama
  • 1971
  • 129 mins

Salamander, The

Salamander, The


An early and strikingly original film by Swiss film-maker Tanner, The Salamander may at times be hard going, but it is always perceptive, with enough great moments to be worth seeking out. Ogier is the woman accused of shooting her nephew. She claims it was an accident. A journalist (Bideau) assigned the task of turning the event into headline-of-the-week, investigates the facts, while his co-writer pal (Denis) never lets the truth get in the way of a good story.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Jacques Denis, Veronique Alain, Bulle Ogier, Jean-Luc Bideau
  • Director: Alain Tanner
  • Writer: John Berger
  • Producer: Alain Tanner
  • Photographer: Sandro Bernardoni

In a nutshell

Tanner stands by and observes while events subtly but profoundly affect his characters' lives.

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