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Jean-Luc Godard Collection: 2 [DVD]

Maruschka Detmers , Jacques Bonnaffe , Jean Luc Godard    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Maruschka Detmers, Jacques Bonnaffe, Myriam Roussel, Hippolyte Girardot, Jean-Paul Belmondo
  • Directors: Jean Luc Godard
  • Producers: Georges de Beauregard
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2005
  • Run Time: 277 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0006GVK48
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,872 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Triple bill of classic Nouvelle Vague ('New Wave') films by acclaimed auteur Jean-Luc Godard. In 'Pierrot Le Fou' (1968), Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) leaves his wife and child and runs off with the babysitter Marianne (Anna Karina). The pair head south to find Marianne's brother, with Ferdinand getting caught up in Marianne's crimes along the way as they both spiral toward destruction. Memorable for Raoul Coutard's deep and lush photography, it offers a spontaneous musical sequence under the pine trees, elements of the gangster genre and a tragic account of the transience of love, as well as addressing the nature of the film medium itself. The comic book-influenced crime thriller 'Made in USA' (1966) is Godard's homage to the gangster movies of American directors Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller. A journalist, Paula Nelson (Anna Karina) arrives in Atlantic City, France, in search of her missing ex-lover. She soon discovers that he has been murdered by an unknown assassin, and begins to suspect that he was involved in some political intrigue. In her quest to uncover the truth, she meets a sequence of shady characters from gun-toting gangsters to corrupt police officers. Finally, in 'Prénom: Carmen' (1983), Carmen X (Maruschka Detmers) is a member of a gang of thieves who uses her film director uncle's latest production as a cover for a kidnapping. This semi-comic film combines the operatic story of Carmen with a look at the difficulty of film-making. Godard sends himself up in a role as a burnt out film-maker who Carmen attempts to spring from a lunatic asylum.


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6 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 6 Mar 2007
By Mykool
This is an odd collection - Pierrot le Fou, supposedly one of his great films, Made in the USA from 1966 and Prenom Carmen from early 80s. Pierrot le fou is let down by the constant self-referencing of the characters. "What are you doing?" Anna Farina asks Jean-Paul Belmondo as he looks back into the camera whils driving away in a car. "Acknowledging the audience," he replies. Might have seemed radical then, just looks daft now. As for Belmondo's "impression" of an American actor "Yeah, yeah" it just makes you cringe the way French rock bands do. "A bout de souffle" it definitely isn't. Made in the USA is incomprehensible nonsense and Prenom Carmen has its moments, with a beautiful use of music, but is let down by Godard playing "himself" inside the film - though it is the only one of this collection worth watching twice. All in all, the worst of the nouvelle vague: pretentious and too clever by half.
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