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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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Crime | Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 January 1984 (France) See more »

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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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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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String Quartet n. 14 op. 131
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Excellent Godard of 1980's
16 February 2004 | by bob998See all my reviews

Here are the bare bones of the story: Carmen wants to make a film with her friends, but has no money. The gang tries to stage an armed bank robbery, but runs into fierce opposition from Joseph, a guard. Carmen and Joseph flee together to the coast, where they stay in her Uncle Jean's apartment. Jean (Godard himself) is making a film set in a luxury hotel, but this is just a pretext for a kidnapping attempt on a businessman. From here on, the plot follows the Bizet opera beloved of so many of us.

It's fun to watch Godard working out styles and themes again, while acting outrageously in the hospital scene. Maruschka Detmers looks gorgeous, and Jacques Bonnaffe is suitably ardent and foolish. The bank robbery is worthy of Woody Allen in his best days.

Footnote 2014: I see that I neglected to mention the extraordinary camera work in the hotel sequences. How Coutard managed to get that level of intimacy and richness of colour with the light levels so low near sunset is amazing. Detmers manages to cope with Godard's need to sexualize the story very well--she is excellent.


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