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The Nada Gang (1974)

Nada (original title)
A group of anarchist leftist called "Nada" and led by the terrorist Buenaventura Diaz abducts the American ambassador Richard Poindexter in a brothel in Paris and brings him to a farm in ... See full summary »

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Buenaventura Diaz
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Marcel Treuffais
Maurice Garrel ...
André Épaulard
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Goemond
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D'Arey
Didier Kaminka ...
Meyer
André Falcon ...
Le ministre / The Minister
François Perrot
Lyle Joyce ...
Richard Poindexter
Viviane Romance ...
Madame Gabrielle
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Veronique Cash
Henri Attal
Jean-Marie Arnoux
George Birt
François Cadet
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A group of anarchist leftist called "Nada" and led by the terrorist Buenaventura Diaz abducts the American ambassador Richard Poindexter in a brothel in Paris and brings him to a farm in the countryside. The French Minister gives a blank cheque to the violent chief of police Goemond that is assigned to destroy the kidnappers. Then the Minister makes him the scapegoat of the messy situation to protect the State. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They Were All Rotten to the Core!

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6 February 1974 (France)  »

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Buenaventura Diaz: [after shooting the hostage] They've come to kill us! Not to capture us but to massacre us! That's one less diplomat!
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Expertly cynical cartoon-thriller.
31 October 2000 | by (dublin, ireland) – See all my reviews

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 terrorists running 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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