First Name: Carmen

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First Name: Carmen
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Produced by Alain Sarde
Written by Anne-Marie Miéville
Starring Maruschka Detmers,
Jacques Bonnaffé
Distributed by Parafrance Films
Release dates September 1983 (premiere at VFF)
11 January 1984 (France)
3 August 1984 (New York City)
Running time 85 min.
Language French

First Name: Carmen (French: Prénom Carmen) is a 1983 film by Jean-Luc Godard. It is very loosely based on Bizet's opera Carmen.

The protagonist is Carmen X (Maruschka Detmers), a female member of a terrorist gang. She asks her uncle Jean, a washed-up film director (played by Jean-Luc Godard himself) if she can borrow his beachside house to make a film with some friends, but they are in fact planning to rob a bank. During the robbery she falls in love with a security guard. The film intercuts between Carmen's escape with the guard, her uncle's attempt to make a comeback film, and a string quartet attempting to perform Beethoven.

The film won the Golden Lion at the 1983 Venice Film Festival. The film had 395,462 Admissions in France. [1]



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