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CQ -- A documentary filmmaker tries to finish a science-fiction movie after two other directors get the boot, and has difficulties when reality and the world of the film begin to merge.


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Writer (WGA):
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A young filmmaker in 1960s Paris juggles directing a cheesy sci-fi debacle, directing his own personal art film, coping with his crumbling relationship with his girlfriend, and a new-found infatuation with the sci-fi film's starlet. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeremy Davies ... Paul

Angela Lindvall ... Dragonfly / Valentine

Élodie Bouchez ... Marlene

Gérard Depardieu ... Andrezej

Giancarlo Giannini ... Enzo
Massimo Ghini ... Fabrizio

Jason Schwartzman ... Felix DeMarco

Billy Zane ... Mr. E

John Phillip Law ... Chairman

Silvio Muccino ... Pippo

Dean Stockwell ... Dr. Ballard

Natalia Vodianova ... Brigit
Bernard Verley ... Trailer Voiceover Actor

L.M. Kit Carson ... Fantasy Critic

Chris Bearne ... Fantasy Critic
Jean-Paul Scarpitta ... Fantasy Critic
Nicolas Saada ... Fantasy Critic
Remi Fourquin ... Fantasy Critic
Jean-Claude Schlim ... Fantasy Critic
Sascha Ley ... Fantasy Critic
Jacques Deglas ... Fantasy Critic
Gilles Soeder ... Fantasy Critic

Julian Nest ... Festival Critic
Greta Seacat ... Festival Critic (as Greta Seacat Kaufman)

Barbara Sarafian ... Festival Critic
Leslie Woodhall ... Board Member (as Les Woodhall)
Jean-Baptiste Kremer ... Board Member
Franck Sasonoff ... Angry Man at Riots

Jean-François Wolff ... Party Man
Eric Connor ... Long Haired Actor at Party
Diana Gartner ... Cute Model at Party
Stéphanie Gesnel ... Actress at Party
Frédéric de Brabant ... Steward
Shawn Mortensen ... Revolutionary Guard
Mathieu Tonetti ... Revolutionary Guard
Ann Maes ... Vampire Actress
Gintare Parulyte ... Vampire Actress
Caroline Lies ... Vampire Actress
Stoyanka Tanya Gospodinova ... Vampire Actress
Magali Dahan ... Vampire Actress
Nathalie Brocker ... Vampire Actress
Wanda Perdelwitz ... Vampire Actress
Mark Thompson-Ashworth ... Lead Ghoul (as Mark Ashworth)
Pieter Riemens ... Assistant Director
Federica Citarella ... Talkative Girl (as Frederica Citarella)
Andrea Cormaci ... Soldier Boy
Corinne Terenzi ... Teen Lover

Sofia Coppola ... Enzo's Mistress
Emidio La Vella ... Italian Actor
Massimo Schina ... Friendly Guy at Party
Caroline Colombini ... Girl in Miniskirt
Rosa Pianeta ... Woman in Fiat
Christophe Chrompin ... Jealous Boyfriend

Romain Duris ... Hippie Filmmaker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Anthony ... 2nd Assistant Director (uncredited)
Dean Tavoularis ... Man at Screening (uncredited)

Directed by
Roman Coppola 
Writing credits
Roman Coppola (written by)

Produced by
Bob Bellion .... co-producer
Willi Bär .... executive producer
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer
Jimmy de Brabant .... co-producer
Georgia Kacandes .... executive producer
Gary Marcus .... producer
Michael Polaire .... co-producer
Jean-Claude Schlim .... line producer
Original Music by
Ed Goldfarb (Composer)
Cinematography by
Robert D. Yeoman 
Film Editing by
Leslie Jones 
Casting by
Blythe Cappello 
Beatrice Kruger  (as Béatrice Kruger)
Juliette Ménager 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
Art Direction by
Luc Chalon 
Oshin Yeghiazariantz 
Set Decoration by
Philippe Turlure 
Costume Design by
Judy Shrewsbury 
Makeup Department
Jacques Clemente .... makeup designer
Aurélie Elich .... makeup artist
Catherine Leblanc .... key hair stylist
Vivian Nowak .... assistant hair stylist (as Vivian Nowack)
Jean-Christophe Roger .... assistant makeup artist
Joël Seiller .... assistant hair stylist
Julia Silva .... additional hair artist
Evelyne Sittig .... makeup artist
Carla Vicenzino .... hair stylist: Italy
Production Management
Julie Alford .... production supervisor: Rome
Romano Caldarozzi .... production manager: Rome
Laurent Dumas .... unit manager
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Jean-Claude Schlim .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emilie Cherpitel .... third assistant director
Laurent Herbiet .... first assistant director
Christopher Neil .... second unit director
Beatrice Pettovich .... second assistant director
Francesca Polic Greco .... second assistant director: Rome
Iris Wong .... second assistant director
Art Department
Fabrice Bourderioux .... swing gang
Nicolas de Maere .... construction manager
François Dickes .... assistant property master
Betty Durst .... assistant property master
Jacky Hardouin .... construction coordinator
Jeffrey Paul Johnson .... property master
Edouard Pallardy .... head painter
Barbara Prati .... art department trainee
Arnaud Putman .... props buyer
Christina Schaffer .... assistant art director
Josh Sheppard .... storyboard artist
Patrick Tombette .... construction manager
Bernard Warnas .... set dresser
Sound Department
Richard Beggs .... sound designer
Richard Beggs .... sound re-recording mixer
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist (as Les Bloome)
Dirk Bombey .... boom operator
David A. Cohen .... adr supervisor
Ethan Derner .... sound recordist
Steven Ghouti .... adr mixer
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor
Philippe Kohn .... sound utility
James Levine .... mix facility coordinator
Jeremy Molod .... first assistant sound editor
Everett Moore .... apprentice sound editor
Nick Peck .... foley supervisor
Jory K. Prum .... foley assistant
Gene Radzik .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Julia Shirar .... assistant sound editor
Kent Sparling .... re-recording mixer
Peter Staubli .... sound effects editor
William Storkson .... foley editor
Carlo Thoss .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Olivier de Laveleye .... special effects coordinator
Philippe Lebreton .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Michael Backauskas .... optical digital lineup
Reid Burns .... optical producer/supervisor
David Emerson .... optical lineup
Bret Mixon .... rotoscope supervisor
Bill Rowohlt .... optical camera
Kevin Shawley .... digital artist
Andrew Shuford .... visual effects model shop
Martha Soehendra .... digital artist
Gene Warren III .... model supervisor
Gene Warren III .... visual effects coordinator
Delphine Anais .... stunts
Gil Demurger .... stunt coordinator
Frédéric Dessains .... stunts (as Fred Dessains)
Christophe Marsaud .... stunt driver (as Christopher Marsaud)
Michel Norman .... stunt driving coordinator
Patrick Robineau .... stunt driver
Aurore Vallee .... stunt driver
Jean-Pierre Vallee .... stunt driver
Frédéric Vallet .... stunt rigger
Frédéric Vallet .... stunts (as Fred Vallet)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Aach .... camera loader
Özkan Arslan .... assistant electrician
Douglas Boswell .... second assistant camera
Alessio Bramucci .... best boy electric: Rome
Bernard Brégier .... key grip
Gerard Buffard .... best boy grip
Carlos Carrera .... grip
Eric Catelan .... steadicam operator
Wim Cloots .... best boy electric
Bruno Colanzi .... best boy grip: Rome
Pascal Delaunay .... grip
Antoine Ducep .... electrician
Dirk Favere .... chief lighting technician
Emmanuel Frideritzi .... electrician
Ernst Holtsch .... electrician
Paul In .... additional still photographer
Graham Johnston .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jean-Paul Kieffer .... still photographer
Jean-Yves Le Poulain .... first assistant camera
Richard Mercier .... first assistant camera: steadicam
Jako Raybaut .... director of photography: second unit
Olivier Servais .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Christophe Vanhoutte .... electrician
Casting Department
Joanna Delon .... casting assistant
Beatrice Kruger .... casting: Rome (as Béatrice Kruger)
Carrie O'Brien .... casting: Luxembourg
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Magdalena Marczynska .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Kim Aubry .... post-production executive: Zoetrope
Jamie Burris .... post-production coordinator
Rick Downey .... negative cutter
Roger La Prairie .... colorist
Michael Matsumoto .... post-production assistant
Sandra Montiel .... first assistant editor
Dana Ross .... color timer
Scott Warren .... assistant editor
Louise Rubacky .... re-editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Tod Holcomb .... music editor
Debra MacCulloch .... music legal
Roger Neill .... composer: additional score
Roger Neill .... conductor
Roger Neill .... orchestrator
Brian Reitzell .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Guy Hebeler .... transportation manager
Joe Kotroczo .... driver
Karin Marié .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Susan Paley Abramson .... assistant to producers
Dawn Angel .... production assistant
Bob Bellion .... financial manager: Delux Productions
Carmen Berardini .... talent coordinator: Rome
Ernesto Cimbalo .... location manager: Rome
Francesco Colicigno .... location manager: Rome
Simon di Principe .... assistant script supervisor
Edna Do Nascimento Silva .... office coordinator
Sébastien Fernandes Tasch .... assistant location manager
Jacqueline Gamard .... script supervisor
Julie Hansen .... post production accountant
Norm Harnois .... assistant accountant: Delux
Guy Heinen .... location assistant
Bénédicte Humbel .... production coordinator
Radica Jovicic .... double: "Dragonfly"
Radica Jovicic .... stand-in: "Dragonfly"
Elizabeth Kirkscey .... assistant: Georgia Kacandes
Beryl Koltz .... location assistant
Joe Kotroczo .... production assistant
Patricia Kretschmer .... assistant to producer
Shannon Lail .... production executive: Zoetrope
Ragna Arny Larusdottir .... production coordinator
Xavier Laurent .... stand-in: Jeremy Davies
Roberto Longobardi .... assistant accountant: Delux
Claude Ludovicy .... location manager
Christopher Neil .... acting coach (as Chris Neil)
Sébastien Peiffer .... production assistant
Massimo Raschella .... assistant accountant: Delux
Carole Reding .... assistant accountant: Delux
Joanne Reichling .... production assistant
David Morais Rocas .... location trainee
Frederic Roeser .... assistant location manager (as Fredo Roeser)
George Sweney .... accountant
Estelle Tourscher .... assistant rushes coordinator
Spike Jonze .... special thanks

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Rated R for some nudity and language
88 min | France:91 min (Cannes Film Festival)
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Sofia Coppola suggested Angela Lindvall for the role of Valentine/Dragonfly.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Dragonfly swerves her car in reverse in the tunnel, there are skid marks already on the ground along the path her tires take.See more »
Paul:It's a science-fiction film about a futuristic spy named Dragonfly.
Dr. Ballard:Oh, well that's interesting. Your grandmother used to call dragonflies "the devil's darning needles." She told me that they come in the night and stitch up your mouth if you use profanity or were otherwise voluble.
Paul:This isn't exactly about that...
Dr. Ballard:Well, maybe you can use it somehow.
Paul:Thanks, Dad.
Dr. Ballard:You never know when some little overheard story or image can find a place in your work.
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Likable Love Letter to 1960s Eurocinema with Marvy Mellow Music, 16 March 2004
Author: Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci (dtb) from Whitehall, PA

Paul Ballard (Jeremy Davies), a young film editor living in Paris in 1969, gets his big directorial break when DRAGONFLY, the sexy futuristic (it's set in 2001!) spy flick he's editing, loses not one but two directors. It should be noted that Paul's been filching black-and-white film from the DRAGONFLY production company to make his own rather self-indulgent cinema verite film at home. Once he's at the helm of the big-budget SF schlockfest, Paul has a hard time distinguishing between real life and reel life as he falls in love with the bewitching Valentine (Angela Lindvall), an activist-turned-actress making her film debut as "Agent Code Name: Dragonfly." Think of this comedy-drama as a sort of 8½ or DAY FOR NIGHT for the baby boomer generation. It's clear that writer/director Coppola (Francis Ford Coppola's son, big shock :-) has great affection for the art of filmmaking in general and for kooky, cheesy 1960s Eurocinema romps such as BARBARELLA and DANGER: DIABOLIK in particular (neat in-joke: the leading man of those films, John Philip Law, appears in CQ as Dragonfly's spymaster). The score by the appropriately-named Mellow captures the mod mood music of the era delightfully. At times Paul's self-absorption became as grating to me as it did to his long-suffering girlfriend Marlene (Elodie Bouchez), but the spoofery of filmmaking and the 1960s won me over. The excellent cast helps a lot, particularly Dean Stockwell's touching turn as Paul's father, the ever-smooth Billy Zane as Dragonfly's revolutionary adversary/lover "Mr. E," and the hilarious performances of Giancarlo Giannini as a Dino deLaurentiis/Carlo Ponti-esque producer and Jason Schwartzman as the wild 'n' crazy replacement director who gets replaced himself after he breaks his leg in a sports car accident. Don't blink or you'll miss Roman and Jason's Oscar-winning kin Sofia Coppola cameoing as Giannini's mistress. I was also utterly charmed by model Angela Lindvall in her movie debut (art imitating life -- ain't it grand? :-). It's great fun to watch Lindvall switch from throaty-voiced siren Dragonfly onscreen to sweet, endearing animal lover Valentine offscreen, plus she's got the most expressive eyebrows since Eunice Gayson in DR. NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. (My hubby would like me to point out that Leonard Nimoy and The Rock are tops in Expressive Eyebrows, Male Division! :-) Do rent the DVD version of CQ so you can also watch the entire film-within-the-film DRAGONFLY, which is to the CQ DVD what MANT! is to the MATINEE laserdisc (is MANT! on the MATINEE DVD, too? If not, it oughta be!) -- with enjoyable commentary by Lindvall, yet!

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