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Man Bites Dog (1992) - Belvaux, Bonzel, ...
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C'est Arrivé Pres de Chez Vous/Man Bites Dog (1992) - Rémy Belvaux André Bonzel, ... [Amazon.com]
C'est arrivé près de chez vous (Man Bites Dog) is a satirical 1992 Belgian French language black comedy mockumentary starring Benoît Poelvoorde. In the film, a pair of film-makers follow a serial killer recording his crimes (and thoughts and opinions) for a documentary they are producing, but find themselves getting caught up in the mayhem that ensues. The film is shot in black and white.
A literal English rendering of the title would be It Happened Near Your Place, but the film was released in North America as Man Bites Dog.
Tagline: A Killer Comedy --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Bites_Dog [Dec 2004]
This Belgian satire (in French with English subtitles) is dark, dark, dark--but also right on the money in its sly sendup of the media's fascination with violence and its complicity therein. This mock documentary has a trio of filmmakers shooting a cinéma vérité feature about a garrulous serial killer who lets the film crew follow him around as he selects victims and then dispatches them. But at what point does filmmaking become participation? These hapless documentarians soon find out as their subject eventually pulls them into his world, including a gun battle with a rival film crew and their own criminal star. Gruesomely hilarious, with a deadpan wit that's hard to resist. --Marshall Fine for Amazon.com
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