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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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William Prospero
Aurelle Doazan ...
Arielle
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Inspector Neveu
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Françoise Chenal
Claude Brasseur ...
Emile Chenal
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Alain Cuny ...
Old Mafioso
Xavier Saint-Macary ...
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Pierre Bertin ...
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Stéphane Ferrara ...
Tiger Jones
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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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Trivia

Jean-Luc Godard dedicated the film to John Cassavetes, Edgar G. Ulmer and Clint Eastwood. See more »

Quotes

Old Mafioso: We're not in one of those little French films, where the actors believe talking is thinking.
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Referenced in Crazy Moon (1987) 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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Godard's most complex soundtrack?
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Like zetes stated, this was supposed to be Godard's "commercial" movie. However, it actually feels like his least commercial film of the ones released since 1980. Ever the prankster, Godard stocks the film to the brim with pratfalls, movie quotes and other allusions.

It's hard to imagine how it is watching this in the theater. The film is so multi-layered that it's impossible to take in at one time.

I'm not sure what his stance is on the home video vs. theater debate. A movie so dense with quotes is almost destined to be better viewed at home. There are multiple scenes where if you pay attention to one thing, you wind up missing some other detail. Even after multiple viewings. I had to watch this more times than any of the other Godard film currently in print just to make sure I caught enough of the details.

As awesome technically as the film is, it somehow feels like a rehash of what he already did with First Name Carmen, Passion and Hail Mary. The fact that this was a commission may mean his heart wasn't quite in it. You could never accuse him of that with most of his other films.


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