"A group of detectives has taken up residence at the Concorde St. Lazare Hotel in Paris, secretly spying on the other guests - pilot Emíle Chenal, boxing promoter Jim Warner, his protégé Tiger Jones, and the bare-chested Princess of the Bahamas. But most of all, the detectives are interested in mob boss The Prince, whose criminal associates have apparently taken control of the entire hotel."
"There's a smell of death at the Hotel Concorde St. Lazaire, Jean-Pierre Léaud smells it from the start. He has a nose for it, because he plays the detective. And sleuths have a special nose for the smell of corpses and decay. The filmmakers, however, are usually a nose ahead of the detectives: "Cinema watches death at work," is a saying by Cocteau, which Godard often likes to quote.Détective is a crime film in quotation marks. Godard quotes books, films, above all himself. (...) He was not interested in the plot, only in the atmosphere. In this respect, however, Détectived is a true film noir: no one understands the plot, not the actors, not the audience; perhaps Jean-Luc Godard also had his difficulties. But the scenery is gloomy, the situation fatal, the mood tense. Detectives need this atmosphere."
Claudius Seidl, Die Zeit, 16.5.1986
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98 min. color. 35 mm. F/d Director: Jean-Luc Godard Screenplay: Alain Sarde, Philippe Setbon, Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville Cinematography: Louis Bihi, Pierre Novion, Bruno Nuytten Editing: Marilyne Dubreuil Music: Emmanuel Chabrier With: Laurent Terzieff, Aurelle Doazan, Jean-Pierre Léaud
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