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First Name - Carmen

First Name - Carmen (1983)

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Critic Reviews: 2
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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

Jul 5, 2000

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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (1)

This, throwaway jokes and all, is Godard back at his most nouvelle vague in years.

April 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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With equal parts heist drama and romantic comedy, the movie continues Godard's exploration of film ....

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: DVD Review
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By accepting his indulgences, the viewer is treated both to his wry sense of humor and his refreshing intelligence.

June 15, 2007

This is Godard at his most mischievous.

April 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
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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.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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In the middle of the muddle, there was a nearly perfect scene.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Audience Reviews for First Name - Carmen

godard seemed to be in a period where coherency and story mattered a whole lot less than art, which doesnt work in film, because the true art of film is the ability to tell good stories, but this film has enough other things going for it despite its lack of clarity that it is saved from disaster. the film is shot very well, and seeing godard in front of his camera was interesting enough. missing the charm of his earlier work but still very watchable.
February 10, 2010
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