Made in U.S.A

Made in U.S.A

DVD - 2009 | French
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This chaotic crime thriller and acidly funny critique of consumerism rummages through an intricate plot for a former lover who might have been assassinated, and also points toward more political cinema. Features include interviews, essays, and more.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2009]
ISBN: 9781604651478
Branch Call Number: French DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Derringer
May 20, 2019

If you are an enthusiastic fan of 1960s French cinema, then, yes, you will probably be entertained to pieces by "Made In USA".

But, as for me - I am not in the least bit impressed with the French films nor their directors of that particular era in European movie-making history.

IMO - If "Made In USA" had actually been an American production it would have been forgotten and dismissed as pure cinematic fluff long ago without anyone ever giving it a second thought.

Let me tell ya - "Made In USA" was not only incoherent to the extreme - But, I found a number of scenes absolutely painful to watch.

m__c May 09, 2019

Most of the comedy and references completely went over my head. The plot meanders, the pace is a bit slow. I don't think this movie was for me; perhaps if you are well-versed in French politics of the 20th century and understand French humor, you would like this film more than I do.

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ManMachine
Apr 22, 2019

With "Made In U.S.A." being a Jean-Luc Godard production (yawn!) - I should've known better than to have given this 1966 French "New Wave" junk my time.

IMO - Godard is the undisputed "Ed Wood" of 1960's French cinema. And, I'd swear that this insipid garbage (with its "go-nowhere" plot-line and its "dry-as-dust" situations) was being made up as they went along.

From start to finish - "Made In U.S.A." had the words "amateur" and "incompetent" written all over it.

NewYorkViews Apr 08, 2015

Fashionable out-for-blood film about a female's perspective on a possible assassinated boyfriend. Oh, and Paula's (played by actress Anna Karina)expensive mod hairstyle is the focus point through the action, stillness, and communications in the film about the search for her boyfriend--she has more of a hairstyle than most of the others, and she does not let herself become marginalized because of it--empty but violently ridiculous. I did find this film sometimes boring.

tkwu21 Mar 05, 2014

You do get the feeling of near-end Godardian cinema with "Made in USA" as his marriage to Anna Karina began to fall apart. Godard also made this film WHILE shooting another film. There is definitely less to it than all of his previous works.

steelydeacon Oct 22, 2013

Richard Stark/Donald E. Westlake fans beware! This is an artsy-fartsy surrealistic French art film which says it is based on "The Jugger" by Stark, but the similarity totally escapes me! A bunch of odd froggies walking around in a small apartment with no furnishings, talking nonsense. AVOID!!!

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martyrofevil
Sep 10, 2013

I don't even know, but Anna Karina is in it so here's a 3.5/5. Something, something politics.

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