First Name: Carmen(PRÉNOM CARMEN)

  • Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

  • France, 1983, French, 85mins, DCP, Category III

  • Cast: Maruschka Detmers, Jacques Bonnaffé, Myriem Roussel, Jean-Luc Godard

In this modernist version (set to music by Beethoven, not Bizet), Carmen reincarnates as a terrorist driven to bank robbery, and Don José is Joseph, a security guard who falls in love with her during the hold-up. Godard himself plays Carmen’s uncle Jean, a sick, washed-up filmmaker languishing in a lunatic asylum. Interspersed with interludes of a string quartet rehearsing the Beethoven works, it is another Godardian essay in sound and images, which tells a seriously funny story of love and death that recalls Pierrot le Fou with its apocalyptic finale.


Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion for Best Film and Technical Prize


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