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Prénom Carmen
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Anne-Marie Miéville (scenario)
Anne-Marie Miéville (adaptation)
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Release Date:
11 January 1984 (France) See more »
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Carmen is a member of a terrorist gang who falls in love with a young police officer guarding a bank that she and her cohorts try to rob... See more » | Add synopsis »
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One of the best Godard films See more (16 total) »

Cast

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Maruschka Detmers ... Carmen X
Jacques Bonnaffé ... Joseph Bonnaffé
Myriem Roussel ... Claire
Christophe Odent ... Le chef
Pierre-Alain Chapuis
Bertrand Liebert ... Le garde du corps
Alain Bastien-Thiry ... Le valet du grand hôtel (as Alain Bastien)

Hippolyte Girardot ... Fred (as Hyppolite Girardot)
Odile Roire
Valérie Dréville ... La nourrice / Wet nurse
Christine Pignet
Jean-Michel Denis
Jacques Villeret ... L'homme qui mange des yaourts dans les toilettes de la station-service / Man eating jam
Jacques Prat ... Violon (as Quatuor Prat)
Laurent Dangalec ... Violon (as Quatuor Prat)
Bruno Pasquier ... Alto (as Quatuor Prat)
Michel Strauss ... Violoncelle (as Quatuor Prat)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eloïse Beaune ... Eloïse (uncredited)
Sacha Briquet ... Cameo appearance (uncredited)

Jean-Luc Godard ... Oncle Jeannot (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Mocky ... Le malade qui crie 'Y a-t-il un Français dans la salle?' (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean-Luc Godard 
 
Writing credits
Anne-Marie Miéville (scenario)

Anne-Marie Miéville (adaptation)

Produced by
Alain Sarde .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Raoul Coutard 
Jean-Bernard Menoud 
 
Film Editing by
Fabienne Alvarez-Giro  (as Fabienne Alvarez)
Suzanne Lang-Willar 
 
Costume Design by
Renée Renard 
 
Makeup Department
Laurence Azouvy .... makeup artist
Catherine Crassac .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Bernard Bouix .... production manager
Eric Dussart .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Debuisne .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
François Musy .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gérard Delayat .... key grip
Jean Garcenot .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hélène Robin .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Adeline Yoyotte .... assistant editor (as Adeline Yoyotte-Husson)
 
Other crew
Bruno Affret .... technician
 

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Also Known As:
"Prénom Carmen" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
85 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
During the shoot-out at the Café de la Paix (the luxurious restaurant of the Grand Hotel Intercontinental), an undisturbed man is reading a large book, holding it so that the cover is shown prominently, several times: 'Nouveau Guide des Paradis Fiscaux', published in 1982, and written by a specialist on Swiss banking. Godard's tongue-in-cheek political comment (in a French-Swiss co-production) may escape some viewers, though.See more »
Quotes:
Carmen X:Is your ass clean?
Joseph Bonnaffé:Mine is. And yours?
Carmen X:Mine isn't.
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Movie Connections:
Version of Neco z Carmen (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
String Quartet n. 15 op. 132See more »

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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
One of the best Godard films, 26 June 2004
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

First Name: Carmen is an enthralling hybrid for director/actor Jean-Luc Godard and screenwriter (and frequent collaborator) Anne-Marie Mieville. After almost a decade of weird, philosophical experimentation, they took on the opera of Carmen (the original story of which, unfortunately, I am not very knowledgeable of) and deconstructed it with some amusing self-awareness ("Uncle" Jean-Luc Godard at the start of the film is in a hospital of sorts, over-staying his welcome), while going back to Godard's olden days of movies with lovers on the run. This time the lovers meet by accident and chance- Carmen X (the alluring and dangerous Maruschka Detmers in a controlled, if downtrodden debut acting role) asks of her uncle Jean if she can use his beach-side house to make a film with some friends. He agrees, though not knowing she's apart of a terrorist gang that robs a bank. During the robbery she has a shoot-out, and kiss, with Joseph (Jacques Bonnaffe, whose performance shifts from bizarre to intense and then believable) the security guard. They hide out for a little while, becoming more involved, while Carmen knows at the same time his uncle prepares to make his comeback film after being washed up for so long, her terrorist friends are planning another scheme.

The acting ranges from forceful to observant, from a little boring to a little ridiculous, but like in Godard's 60's films the actors contribute to Godard's documentary style feel (of which he calls a documentary which is 'fictional'). And Godard is able to get a few laughs during his few scenes on camera, even as he spouts a few quotes that make a viewer dig in their minds for a meaning. Accompanied with evocative and sweet late-night shots of cars and a train in Paris, are shots of the ocean, which contributes as the film's main flaw for me (I kept on saying, yeah the sea looks nice, but what's the point he's getting at here- is it the characters or himself that likes staring at the sea?). Nevertheless the compositions are no less than on par with what to be expected from Godard (via the great Raoul Coutard and Jean-Bernard Menoud), and the emotionally charged musical selections from Beethoven and Bizet to Tom Waits are pulled off as a successful, often emotional experiment as the footage of the string musicians are inserted several times. Overall, 'Carmen', however little or much it follows it's source, is a fine piece of art-type of cinema, where romanticism and cynical humor plays as much of a role as the story.

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