First Name - Carmen (1983)
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Critic Reviews for First Name - Carmen
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.
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.
one of Godard's few great (or at least near great) films that he's done since the 60s. yeah, he's been in quite a slump- Week End was, almost the end of cinema. he's rebounded once or twice, but this, alongside Notre Musique and maybe bits of Number Two is all he's been able to offer aside from mental masturbation
(DVD) (First Viewing, 20th Godard film) It’s interesting to note that [b]Prénom Carmen[/b] takes Godard back to the (now famous) phrase that [b]A bout de souffle (Breathless)[/b], his groundbreaking feature debut, was based on: “all it takes [to make a film is] a guy, a girl, and a gun.” There are striking similarities between the two films- run-ins with the law, shoot-outs, a guy obsessed with a beautiful girl, and a girl who refuses to sleep with the desperate guy. But with 23 years between them, both films demonstrate remarkably different approaches in both narrative and filming techniques. It is loosely adapted from Mérimée’s short story and the subsequent adaptations of that story (particularly Preminger’s delightful [b]Carmen Jones[/b]), combines it with Beethoven’s string quartets, and pairs it with Godard’s and Raoul Coutard’s typically bizarre visual and aural design- the result is a strangely beautiful reflection on obsession and destructive love. Could be another masterpiece, certainly one of Godard’s best from the 80’s.
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