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France action 1993 color 95 min.
Director: Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel, Benoit Poelvoorde
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1 disc, catalog # CC1367L

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While spoofing the sincerity of documentary filmmaking has a long tradition, no one has taken the satire as far as the three young filmmakers responsible for Man Bites Dog, widely regarded as the most controversial film of 1993. Using low-budget documentary devices, Man Bites Dog looks like a real documentary until Ben, our subject, brutally strangles a passenger on a subway. The film escalates into ever-increasing violence and black humor, culminating in a particularly graphic scene cut from the film's American theatrical release but included here. The Criterion edition also features an interview with the filmmakers Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel, and Benoit Poelvoorde, as well as their hilarious, award-winning short, Pas de C4 pour Daniel Daniel.

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