Carlos (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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he never actually called himself that) the headline grabbing terrorist
of the 70s and 80s.
With little exposition, we're dropped into a whirlwind of violence,
self-aggrandizement, sexual seduction, and power games, moving at an
almost dizzying speed. The film allows us to slowly figure out Carlos,
instead of explain him in a simple facile way.
While never sympathetic, somehow the amazing Edgar Rameriez allows us
to feel for this id and ego driven creature, powered far more by the
need for attention and adulation (whether from women or the press) than
by true belief. Indeed, one of the most interesting things about the
film is how (intentionally) shallow and hollow Carlos's political
The last 1/3 is the slowest and hardest to sit through. Carlos's slow
decline into ineffectiveness and unimportance is sometimes patience
trying. But Rob Nelson, in his excellent Village Voice review makes a
strong argument that this is 1) unavoidable after the high paced rush
of the first two parts and 2) part of the point of the film; without
his fixes of women and power there wasn't much to Carlos, and without
them both he and we want it to be over.
This is a film I'd like to see again. While I don't quite agree (yet)
with the many critics who have hailed this as of the best films of last
10 years, I do think it's a challenging, brilliantly acted, wonderfully
made film, that gives context both to modern terrorism and recent world
history. Add to that, an exploration of the blurring fine line between
power and uncontrolled narcissism that seems to dog leaders (especially
male) of all political stripes from Hitler to Bill Clinton to George
Bush to Carlos.
That's a lot to successfully cover, even in 5 hours.
Telling the story of Carlos, better known as "The Jackal" (even though the screenplay never acknowledges this nickname), the film has much to say about the rise of terrorism and its evolution into the modern political structure. I really do think "Carlos" is well served by the separation in the three part presentation.Read more ›
The first disc includes a theatrical trailer.
The second disc starts off with "Shooting the OPEC Sequence," a 22-minute featurette examining how Olivier Assayas shot Carlos and his team's raid on the OPEC headquarters on December 21, 1975. The director offers his thoughts on what he hoped to achieve with the film over the footage of the cast and crew working on location. This extra provides some insight into his working methods.
There is an interview with Denis Lenoir, one of the film's two cinematographers. He shot the second half of Carlos and talks about his approach towards the job. He didn't prepare much for the film because he came in halfway through and goes into some of the technical aspects (i.e. film stock, lighting, etc.). Lenoir also talks about how Assayas works.
Lenoir also provides a selected-scene commentary, going into detail about the technical aspects of six scenes from the film. For example, he mentions the kinds of lenses he used, the lighting scheme and whether he used hand-held cameras or not.
The third disc features a 43-minute interview with director Olivier Assayas. He gives his take on Carlos and the times that shaped the man. The filmmaker talks about his intentions for the film. He admits that it did not originate with him because he would've considered to complicated a task to undertake and was actually approached to direct. Assayas talks about growing up during Carlos' heyday and also about making the film itself.
There is also a 20-minute interview with actor Edgar Ramirez.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome movie. I liked each segment. Edgar Ramirez did a fantastic job as Carlos.Published 12 months ago by Nick
I gave it 5 stars in honor of its full running time rendition. Amazon here instead presents an incomprehensible butchering of the masterpiece, and I want back my money.Published 12 months ago by Jeanette Epps
I love this movie because it tells the tale of Carlos, a socialist revolutionary turned terrorist who is involved in spectacular operations against the western interests within the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Angela Soto
Not subtitles in English, they speak so low and with such accent you could not understnad half of what they are sayingPublished on February 1, 2014 by Roberto Victoria
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|english subtitles in the whole feature or only when english is not spoken?||
No, there is only subtitles during the non-English portions of the film.
Jan 27, 2013 by A. Holly | See all 3 posts
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