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Détective (1985)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 23 August 1985 (USA)
In a palace of Paris. Two detectives are investigating a two-year-old murder. Emile and Francoise Chenal are putting pressure on Jim Fox Warner, a boxing manager, who owes them a huge ... See full summary »

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Arielle
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Inspector Neveu
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Françoise Chenal
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Emile Chenal
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Eugène Berthier ...
Old manager
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Wise young girl
Cyrille Dajinckourt ...
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In a palace of Paris. Two detectives are investigating a two-year-old murder. Emile and Francoise Chenal are putting pressure on Jim Fox Warner, a boxing manager, who owes them a huge amount of money. But Jim also owes money to the Mafia, and it seems the boxing match he is counting on to bail out will not be sufficient... Written by Yepok

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Film debut of Julie Delpy. See more »

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Old Mafioso: We're not in one of those little French films, where the actors believe talking is thinking.
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Features The Lost Squadron (1932) See more »

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Symphony in b minor, No.8, D.759, 'Unfinished', 1st movement: Allegro moderato
by Franz Schubert.
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Not entirely successful late Godard film
11 March 2002 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

The films in Godard's late (and not yet over) period present some of the greatest challenges to cineasts. Detective is no exception. It is extraordinarily complex in narrative (or, more precisely, anti-narrative), visual composition, and editing structure. Unfortunately, I don't think it's worth it. It's kind of a parody of a detective film (the one in this film is a hotel dick), but it's nearly impossible to figure out what's going on. It can be quite beautiful in its visuals and editing patterns, but never beautiful enough to make it worth seeing. It's not terrible, but, then again, it's not good, either. 6/10

P.S. First off, yes, the little girl IS Julie Delpy, in case you were wondering.

P.P.S. Remember when Martin Scorsese made his version of Cape Fear for MGM because they allowed him to make the highly personal The Last Temptation of Jesus Christ? Well, he may have gotten that idea from Godard. Detective was made as a straight commercial offering to the studio that produced his highly controversial Hail Mary. It's strange to think of Detective as a commercial venture, though!


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