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First Name: Carmen (1983)

Prénom Carmen (original title)
A woman involved with a terrorist group becomes dangerously close to the police officer guarding the bank they plan to rob.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writers:

Anne-Marie Miéville (scenario), Anne-Marie Miéville (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maruschka Detmers ... Carmen X
Jacques Bonnaffé ... Joseph / Bank Guard
Myriem Roussel ... Claire
Christophe Odent ... Le chef / Leader
Pierre-Alain Chapuis Pierre-Alain Chapuis
Bertrand Liebert Bertrand Liebert ... Le garde du corps / The bodyguard
Alain Bastien-Thiry Alain Bastien-Thiry ... Le valet du grand hôtel / The valet of the big hotel (as Alain Bastien)
Hippolyte Girardot ... Fred (as Hyppolite Girardot)
Odile Roire Odile Roire
Valérie Dréville Valérie Dréville ... La nourrice / Wet nurse
Christine Pignet Christine Pignet ... Femme de la bande à Joseph
Jean-Michel Denis Jean-Michel Denis
Jacques Villeret ... L'homme qui mange du yaourt / The man who eats yogurt
Jacques Prat Jacques Prat ... Violon (as Quatuor Prat)
Laurent Dangalec Laurent Dangalec ... Violon (as Quatuor Prat)
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Storyline

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. She leads him on while dragging the two of them closer to their ultimate doom. Jean-Luc Godard intercuts the film with shots of a string quartet practicing Beethoven, and his main protagonist, Carmen, is played by Maruschka Detmers creating a stunning effect in many scenes of extended nudity. Written by Raimundo Ramirez <raimundo@kheldar.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

Joseph Bonnaffé: Loneliness forced me to be my own best friend.
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Connections

Version of Carmen on Ice (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet n. 10 op. 74
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Quatuor Prat
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supported by Detmers' nudity
25 June 2011 | by wvisser-leusdenSee all my reviews

As happens more with Godard, it's not easy to lay a finger on 'Prenom: Carmen' (= French for 'First name: Carmen'). Although the film appears to be chaotic, it somehow is kept together by a number of invisible strings.

Anyway, the very pleasant & often repeated bottom lines are made by a classical chamber orchestra, as well as by shots of sea-waves breaking themselves on the coast.

In between the meager plot develops in a sequence of varying scenes, even including a touch of slapstick. However, in the end one cannot escape the conclusion that 'Prenom: Carmen' needs to be supported by Maruschka Detmer's frequent nudity to leave a more lasting impression.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 January 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

First Name: Carmen See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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