First Name - Carmen (1983)
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First Name: Carmen tells the parallel stories of a quartet rehearsing Beethoven and a group of young people robbing a bank, supposedly to get the funds to make a film. Director Jean-Luc Godard attempts to make a film that resembles a string quartet, each of whose parts serves an abstract whole. The film is a meditation on the difficulties of youth in the 1980s, the relations between cinema and capital, and how to film the human body. Godard fills the film with carefully composed shots of bodies
Jan 1, 1983 Wide
Jul 5, 2000
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This, throwaway jokes and all, is Godard back at his most nouvelle vague in years.
He is searching for a point of equilibrium between the made and the found, the ordered and the chaotic -- a point from which to define an aesthetic for the 80s.
With equal parts heist drama and romantic comedy, the movie continues Godard's exploration of film ....
By accepting his indulgences, the viewer is treated both to his wry sense of humor and his refreshing intelligence.
The film is spiced with passion, philosophy, eroticism, and technical innovation, and while its ideas are relatively accessible, they still do not make for 'easy' viewing.
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