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While never sympathetic, somehow the amazing Edgar Rameriez allows us to feel for this id and ego driven creature, who would never admit it even to himself, but who was powered far more by the need for attention and adulation (whether with women or terrorism) than by true belief.
The film only grew in stature for me on a second viewing, which cemented it’s intelligence and unique perspective in managing to keep us caught up not only in Carols, but in the angry, violent, crazy, desperate and lost people around him, and to keep them all human enough to stay absorbed by, without forgiving their grievous sins. A beautiful walking of the tightrope of empathy but not sympathy.
The last 1/3 is the most challenging section. Carlos’s slow decline into ineffectiveness and unimportance is slower, and less viscerally exciting. But this seems unavoidable after the high paced rush of the first two parts and also seems part of the point of the film, Without his fixes of women and power there wasn’t really much to Carlos and with those gone both he - and eventually we - want it to be over.
This is a challenging, brilliantly acted, wonderfully made film, that gives context both to modern terrorism and recent world history.Read more ›
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 ›
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Fascinating film in every aspect. While it takes a good full day of several to complete its a 'miniseries' I could have kept on watching. Read morePublished 13 days ago by FishWho
This is very subjective, but I loved this movie from the first time I saw it. The acting is superb, the story captivating, the photography very nice and somewhat yellow and the... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Frank
Awesome movie. I liked each segment. Edgar Ramirez did a fantastic job as Carlos.Published 19 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 19 months ago by Jeanette Epps
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