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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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 January 1984 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Accessible Godard
11 April 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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.

What the average viewer will take away from this film is the excessive nudity, both male and female. There is a shower scene that is hard to forget, because it is both perverse and terribly sad. I can only imagine how hard this film would have been to get into American theaters.

The moment you really know this film is bonkers, however, involves a store bathroom. A man, a woman, a urinal, and another man... and a jar of baby food. Now, for the rest of my life, I can say (for good or bad) Godard has changed the way I look at cinema.


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