This three disc set of movies includes four films, and one 29 minute documentary about these particular films. The films are as follows:
"Passion"(1982) is a film about a director who is struggling to make a film, just as Godard is struggling to make this and other films. This film is about the process of film making, but also about the struggle to make art, which is illustrated with various live sets of famous works of art from Goya to Rembrandt, Rubens and Delacroix. Hanna Schygulla, and Isabelle Huppert appear in this film.
"First Name: Carmen"(1983) is a satirical film that is reminiscent at times of a Charlie Chaplin or the Keystone Cops film. One particularly humorous scene is of a bank robbery, with one of the cops firing at one of the robbers (Carmen, played by Maruschka Detmers), which evolves into a close contact wrestling match, and then into a scene of two lovers on the floor kissing oneanother. The two lovers then eventually run off together running from the law. The rest of the film focuses on the two lovers and their quarrels. Godard uses a pastiche of fragmented sounds and images to evoke a story about conflict that goes beyond two lovers in order to address various political issues about gender,power and economics. Godard appears in this film as a film director who is living in an asylum, and who is Carmen's uncle.
"Detective"(1985) is a collage of styles from film noir, melodrama, slapstick, and comedy to romance. A detective stakes out a hotel of people, some of whom are involved with the mafia, all of which takes place in and opposite a hotel in Paris. Laurent Terzieff and Jean-Pierre Leaud portray the detective and assistant. Johnny Hallyday is a fight promoter who is having an affair with Nathalie Baye, while Alain Cluny is a Mafia head. Julie Delpy also appears in the film.
"Oh, Woe is Me (Helas Pour Moi)" (1992) is one of the rare Godard films that mostly takes place in the out of doors amongst nature. Gerard Depardieu portrays Simon, who has been possessed by a cruel God. This is a modern take on the tale of Zeus coming to earth and disguising himself as a woman's husband. The film is beautifully photographed and lighted with multilayers of sound and voices.
All in all this is an interesting and varied collection of films. These films won't be to everyone's taste, but they are entertaining in a thoughtful way. Godard is all about the truth of making a film, and he never lets us forget that we are watching a film all the while discussing a variety of subjects. As Godard says, "Cinema is truth at 24 frames a second."