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Jean-Luc Godard Box Set (Version française) [Import]

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  • Format: Box set, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: Feb. 5 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000YV1Q30

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I like Godard's movie's perhaps we can't unable the subtitles and that's not fun when you understand french very well.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4 movies and a mini doc Jan. 31 2008
By Staci L. Wilson - Published on
Format: DVD
Give me a cinematic film over a naturalistic one any day. I'm an unapologetic fan of pretty pictures, and auteur Jean-Luc Godard made some of the most beautiful, ever.

If you're like me, you will want to see Lionsgate's new collection, entitled simply: The Jean-Luc Godard Boxed Set. While these later films in the famous French New Wave director's oeuvre are not his most popular, they are certainly right up there with the rest of his work as far as good looks go.

First Name: Carmen
Oh Woe is Me

I watched Détective (1985) for the first time, mainly because it seems to be singled out as one of his "worst" and "most commercial" movies, done "just for the money." It is supposed to be a film noir farce, but it's hardly a send up of a genre ala the films of Edgar Wright. In this one, you have to look pretty hard for the satire. But that's OK - it's gorgeous, and the characters are quirky.

More about mis-en-scene than the mystery at hand, Détective ostensibly follows the intersecting - but not necessarily connected - stories of a collected group of people ensconced in the Hotel Concorde St. Lazare in Paris. Watching them all is the titled detective, Isidore (Jean-Pierre Léaud), his uncle (Laurent Terzieff) and their luscious young love interest, Arielle (Aurelle Doazan).

As the detective himself says, "To sum up: Lots of stories here, ours and other people's. Something is bound to happen." A lot does happen, but in a very languid, roundabout manner - this is definitely the kind of movie you watch for love of art, not for mindless popcorn-munching.

The DVD is fairly skimpy on the extras, nevertheless there is an excellent, short-but-sweet documentary which serves to introduce the viewer to the filmmaker's singular sensibility and his personal philosophies. There are some great quotes from Godard himself, and refreshing observations from a handful of film historians focusing on these movies in particular. It's very well-done. Recommended. [Buzzine]
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
"Cinema is truth at 24 frames a second." Sept. 22 2011
By Greg Edmonson - Published on
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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."
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
mind and senses Nov. 26 2008
By J. Alvarado - Published on
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A great product for aficionados of art film. These aren't the easiest films to get your mind around. However, the product has useful helps - a brief but incisive summary of each film on the back of the case, "chapter" headings, and a discussion featurette concerning the cinema of Godard. Discussion points in the featurette are supported by scenes from the four films in this package. ..The aim of this type of cinema is to stimulate thinking and to educate, but these films are sensual, erotic, comical and poetic as well. Lots of slapstick, film genre-hopping and beautiful actors and actresses.
49 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Disc information Jan. 10 2008
By The Critic - Published on
Format: DVD
Being that the titles do not seem to be provided as of 1/11/2008, this DVD has the following movies on three discs:

First Name: Carmen
The Detective
Oh Woe is Me

These movies were made in the 1980s and 1990s. Although lesser known, they are supposedly interesting, if not spectacular, films for Godard fans.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
these are the best prints of these godard films available Oct. 30 2013
By Michael Cohen - Published on
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The prints are fantastic and at least one of these movies is only available on dvd on this set. Detective and Helas Pour Moi are so-so but First Name Carmen and Passion are two of Godard's greatest films. well-worth owning.