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A riff on Sullivan's Travels and 8½, it sees Jeremy Davies' editor of Franco-Italian co-pro 'Codename: Dragonfly' struggling to come up with a new ending while making his own personal film with borrowed equipment. Oh, and falling in love with the fictional main character, confusing film and reality (not only is he too busy documenting `the truth' of his life to see it around him but he even enters the film to sort out a plot hole) and possibly being targeted for retribution by Gerard Depardieu's fired firebrand director. (The door panel that Depardieu breaks that is later framed and given to the editors is actually one that Francis Ford Coppola smashed on one of his films!)
Filled with sly 60s cinema references from Fellini to Warhol (even the trailer he cuts for the film is inspired by the one for Dr Strangelove) and with some character touches straight out of James Joyce, the visual influence is much more Danger: Diabolik than Barbarella (John Phillip Law even appears in the film within the film), and Dean Tavoularis' spot-on production design and Robert Yeoman's superb photography are both pitch-perfect.Read more ›
The problem, of course, is that Paul's real life is at extremely loose ends. His relationship with Parisian girlfriend Marlene is fraying, he's struggling to make a B&W documentary that's "totally honest" but somehow uninspired, and his vision of the film keeps overlapping with everyday life -- so much so that he's not sure if the actress playing Dragonfly is interested in him, or if it's the fictional character herself, speaking from within the story. Or is that just what's playing out in his confused head?
What I especially love about this little film is that while it glories in the ridiculous excess of the times, it also has a real affection for it as well. Perhaps the original director's hope of making a truly subversive & revolutionary film is just naive self-delusion ... but it's how so many creative people at the time actually felt. That feeling of hope, of boundless possibilities about to reach full flower, is captured beautifully, even as it's gently deflated.
And it gets the look right, too.Read more ›
It's Roman Coppola's (Nicholas Cage's cousin) sentimental treatment of his early movie-watching experience as well as the personel odyssey of a first time director against the backdrop of the making of a late 60's/early 70's spy film. The idea of a film within a film is not new and could be confusing; however, Mr. Coppola's use of the technique works for him here. Though it is not the best film of 2002, it is an intelligent, thought-provoking, and entertaining little movie.
The caliber of talent Mr. Coppola assembled in Jeremy Davis, Elodie Bouchez, Angela Lindvall, Giancarlo Giannini, Gerard Depardieu, Jason Schwartzman, John Philip Law, and Dean Stockwell go a long way in making this a little gem and not a lump of coal. The choice for casting worked nicely for this 1st time director. The confusion and searching portrayed by Davis' character kept me interested in his trials and tribulations as he tries to find truth through the media of movies in his life. It is his search that ultimately made me like the film. This main character is neither good or bad, but a man trying to find his way in the world he has chosen, meanwhile, like the rest of us, he still has a day job [sound editor-turn-director] to contend with while searching. It is Mr. Coppola's handling of this character that will either keep or lose you in the film. His first outing shows he has definite potential and not just b/c of family ties.Read more ›
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This is an excellent movie (IMHO) that appears to have slipped under the radar.
The recollections of a young, aspiring filmmaker working as an editor on a French-Italian... Read more
CQ is the quirky, entertaining writing and directorial debut of Roman Coppola, son of the famous Godfather auteur Francis Ford Coppola. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Christopher Batio
Cq is a 5 stars picture quality dvd copy. Played on a ps3 with a vizio 1080p tv. It looked bluray and i wish they all were this good. Audio was average.Published on July 18, 2014 by Sean P.
If only you could judge a movie by it's cover !!! My imagination runs wild with scenes that include the super hot girl on the cover, buy alas I believe she only appears in that... Read morePublished on May 25, 2014 by Mark J. Evereklian
Think 60's. Angela Lindvall. Picture James Bond if he was a super sexy woman. Angela Lindvall. Angela Lindvall. 'Nuff said.Published on December 11, 2013 by Jack E. Biederman
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