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Swissmakers (Die Schweizermacher)
New PeopleSun, Oct 20, 2013 6:30 PM
In this dry satire, amiable young agent Moritz Fischer is assigned to partner with Max Bodner, an old pro in the Cantonal Police—the “office for assimilation”—whose task is to investigate the everyday lives of candidates for Swiss citizenship including a German doctor, a Yugoslavian dancer and an Italian baker. Young Fischer increasingly chafes under Bodner’s old school methods as the candidates attempt to master Swiss cuisine or are judged by the color of their trashbags. Lyssy’s comedy, the most successful Swiss film ever, playfully takes on Swiss stereotypes and the notion of unconditional assimilation.
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Fall Season Festival:Sister Cities Cinema: Zurich/SF
Film Info
Year of Prod:1974
Running Time:112
Credits
dir:Richard Rush
scr:Robert Kaufman
cam:Laszlo Kovacs
Description
Once you get past the era’s racism and homophobia, this action comedy about two police detectives trying to track down mob boss Red Meyers before he’s taken out by a hit-man is gleefully packed with wanton destruction of property, burning-rubber car crashes and stinging buddy-cop banter. A favorite of both Stanley Kubrick and Michael Cera, Richard Rush’s film makes great use of its San Francisco locations as it follows the two cops on a frenetic chase from an under-construction Embarcadero Center to Candlestick Park.
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