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CQ

3.9 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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Captivating and sexy, CQ takes you behind the scenes of a sci-fi thriller being filmed in 1969 Paris but set in 'futuristic' 2001! Jeremy Davies (Saving Private Ryan), newcomer Angela Lindvall, Gerard Depardieu (Green Card) and Billy Zane (Titanic) shine in this "unpredictable, stylish and original" (Boxoffice) movie where past meets future, reality blurs with fantasy, and tight leather catsuits are the perfect accessory for a ray gun that can stop time! Novice filmmaker Paul (Davies) has just been given the chance of a lifetimeto direct the super spy film Codename Dragonfly. But when he starts to believe that the stunningly beautiful 'Dragonfly character (Lindvall) is seducing him from within the film Paul risks his new positionand his sanityto join her in an adventure beyond even his imagination!

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Jeremy Davies is a different kind of American in Paris. In the heady days of 1969, this aspiring director edits a silly sci-fi spy adventure by day while spending his nights obsessively filming his own life, much to the frustration of his stewardess girlfriend (Elodie Bouchez), who tires of his using his camera to avoid intimacy. First-time director Roman Coppola (son of Francis) creates a slight but fun picture steeped in 1960s movie lore: the film-within-a-film is a pop-art spectacle that recalls Barbarella, Modesty Blaise, and Danger: Diabolique, while its Italian producer (Giancarlo Giannini) is a high-living Dino De Laurentiis. If the film is slight, the details are right, from the opulent and outrageous sets to the meticulously retro special effects to the groovy music by Mellow. You could think of CQ as Coppola's , about a man so busy filming his life he forgets to live. --Sean Axmaker

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  • Actors: Jeremy Davies, Angela Lindvall, Élodie Bouchez, Gérard Depardieu, Giancarlo Giannini
  • Directors: Roman Coppola
  • Writers: Roman Coppola
  • Producers: Bob Bellion, Francis Ford Coppola, Gary Marcus, Georgia Kacandes, Jean-Claude Schlim
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2002
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006CXH2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,094 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "CQ" on IMDb

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By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 19, 2006
Format: DVD
Sofia Coppola may have got all the kudos with The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation, but, from a 60s movie buff's point of view, the other Coppola kid, Roman, turned out an even more enjoyable feature, CQ. Shame that no-one saw it. Barely released in the US (and not released at all in most countries), it's an engaging little number that pits underground cinema against Eurotrash moviemaking at a time when people still thought even pulp cinema could be the stuff of revolution (1969-70 to be precise).

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.
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Bought the DVD after remembering the photo of a space-suited Angela Lindvall in a magazine the year the movie was released. Money well spent. The recreation of late 60s Europe is well done as is the purposely cheesy film-within-the-film. Perhaps it will lead to "Danger: Diabolik" and other genuine 60s films for you.
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This first effort by writer/director Roman Coppola has left me wanting more from him for the past decade. It's sharp, unbelievably fun, a gorgeous recreation of late 1960s B-movies, and at its heart something quietly moving & poignant. The premise: Paul, a young film editor in Paris, December 1969, is working on a low-budget sci-fi/spy film ("Codename: Dragonfly") with artistic & revolutionary pretensions, one that partakes of the political & cultural ferment that's been in the air for the past few years. When the director is fired, Paul suddenly finds himself in the director's chair himself, charged with coming up with a viable ending for the film.

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.
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Cheeky, cheesy, funny, and thoughtful! I discovered this small gem of a film and rented it w/no idea of it except for what the back cover disclosed. Upon initial reading, I thought it might be akin to the "Matt Helm" or "Flynnt" films of the 1960's with a twist or a spoof of the spy film genre. I was wrong.

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.
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