The Nada Gang (1974)
The Nada Gang (1974)
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as Marcel Treuffais
as Inspector Goemond
as Ambassador Richard Poindexter
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(****): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] A darkly funny and interesting film.
Between a 6/10 and 7/10, this is an intellectual "thriller" whose rather crudely constructed and edited action sequences have not aged well -- but by the relentless comparison of two extreme political positions of the right and the left, Chabrol manages to poke holes in both the status quo and the idea of revolution in his unblinking non-partisan satirical style.
"Nada" starts with D'Arey(Lou Castel) trying to recruit Epaulard(Maurice Garrel), a veteran of revolutions, into a scheme to kidnap the American ambassador(Lyle Joyce). Epaulard thinks the plan is so insane that he goes back into a wine bar, needing another drink. What D'Arey needs is his silence, enlisting Diaz(Fabio Testi) but the two men recognize each other as old comrades and Epaulard has a change of heart. So does Treuffais(Michel Duchaussoy), a university professor, who opts out. As secret as their plan is, somebody is still on hand to videotape them... A little trickier than the average Claude Chabrol film, "Nada" begins with a burst of energy before shifting gears in its second act to almost forget about the kidnappers, focusing instead on the government response. While surprisingly sympathetic towards the kidnappers, the same cannot be said for the authorities who exploit terrorism for their own agenda. The film was made in 1974 at a time when revolutionary violence and terrorism were not unusual(the American ambassador was kidnapped in Brazil in 1969) but not when sneakers were. However, it does seem odd that a revolutionary cell would just ask for money. Surely, there are political demands they could have made like releasing prisoners, ending military activity or having Roger Moore replaced as James Bond.
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