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Film info: Prénom Carmen

Film Information

Original Title Prénom Carmen
English Title First Name: Carmen
Director Jean-Luc Godard
Year 1983
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 85 min
  • Maruschka Detmers, Jacques Bonnafé, Myriem Roussel, Christophe Odent, Pierre-Alain Chapuis
  • Guión: Anne-Marie Miéville
  • Fotografía: Raoul Coutard, Jean-Bernard Menoud
  • Montaje: Fabienne Alvarez, Suzanne Lang-Willar
  • Producción: Alain Sarde


All romantic crusades are marked by a tragic ending, and that’s what makes them romantic. “If I love you, that will be the end of you”, says Carmen to Joseph. Flirting with Bizet’s Carmen, Godard gets closer to the broken logic of Faulkner’s The Wild Palms: a string quartet in the middle of rehearsals coexists and gets contaminated in image and sound by a band of thievery filmmakers; the connections are barely visible, and only occasionally hinted. Following the force of bullets and hands squeezing thighs, sound layers, and rays of light beaming over beautiful faces, First Name: Carmen makes accumulation translate into sensorial liberation. Parodying himself on screen, Godard reveals himself as a comedian by trade, the kind who understand the best comedy is the one made with the worse disillusionments. This 1980s voluptuousness-devoted Godard sadly laughs at the Maoist Godard from the previous decade: the battle was lost, and the only thing left now is the beauty of evil, the purity of empty bodies. There’s nothing left but useless passions, the wish for an unobtainable image, the murmur of the ocean, the constantly circulating trains, the fleeting calm of a note played on a violin.


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