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Nada (1974)

Original Title : Nada
Director : Claude Chabrol
Writer : Claude Chabrol
Antonietta Malzieri
Jean-Patrick Manchette
Genre : Thriller
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : André Génovès
Music : Pierre Jansen
Photography : Jean Rabier
IMDB ID : 0071890
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poster for "Nada" by Claude Chabrol (1974)
Nada (1974) - Claude Chabrol
 

Starring

Fabio Testi Buenaventura Diaz
Lou Castel D'Arey
Mariangela Melato Veronique Cash
Michel Aumont Goemond
Michel Duchaussoy Marcel Treuffais
Maurice Garrel André Épaulard
Didier Kaminka Meyer
André Falcon The Minister
François Perrot Madame Gabrielle
Lyle Joyce Richard Poindexter
Henri Attal Édouard Longuevache
Rudy Lenoir Mr. Bouillon
André Margerie The motorist
Renato Revers Anna Meyer
Gilbert Servien Police officer
 

Plot

Quand Edouard est approché pour qu'il kidnappe l'ambassadeur des Etats-Unis en France, il refuse. En suite, puisque du commando fait partie aussi son vieil ami Buenaventura Diaz, il accepte, même s'il n'est plus convaincu des raisons qui l'avaient poussé, il y a dix ans, à choisir la lutte armée. L'enlèvement réussi et un policier est tué. Les terroristes, qui prévoient de se rendre en cas d'échec, ne savent pas que l'enlèvement, leur propre vie et la vie même de l'otage deviennent des pions dans une lutte pour le pouvoir qui s'engage parmi les différentes factions à l'intérieur du gouvernement français. French terrorists kidnap the American ambassador, leaving dead and wounded in their wake. Soon they begin quarreling as to his fate, while the police purge suspects in an attempt to destroy the Nada faction. As the violence escalates on both sides, the State and the terrorists are forced to use one another's methods in an increasingly desperate and relentless conflict.
 

Comments

Expertly cynical cartoon-thriller. For nearly a decade, in the late 60s and early 70s, Claude Chabrol was arguably the greatest director in the world, in Europe at any rate. 'Nada' comes from this period, and yet is an exception in the oeuvre.Instead of a claustrophobic thriller in a domestic setting, 'Nada' is about international terroristsrunning amok through France (in a way, the film is a parody of the previous year's 'Day of the Jackal').Instead of intricate psychological depth, Chabrol offers pure cartoon.The police are a hangover from the Vichy era, murderously cyncial, while the terrorists are organised by someone who no longer believes in revolution. As a sophisticated analysis of pressing contemporary events, the whole thing seems rather silly, until you start spotting Chabrol's wicked, misanthropic irony, and you wonder if the old boy hasn't done it after all.Never take Chabrol's glittering surfaces at face value.The massacre scene is deeply cynical, shocking, brilliant cinema.
 
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Nada (1974) - Claude Chabrol
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