CQ

Overview

The feature debut of Roman Coppola son of Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola centers around an international film crew making a low-budget, Barbarella-like feature in Paris in 1969. The film is called Dragonfly and is being directed by Andrzej Gérard Depardieu, who wishes to make a revolutionary work rather than the tacky fluff it is becoming. He is soon fired by the film's Italian producer Enzo Giancarlo Giannini when he can't produce a satisfactory climactic scene. After briefly replacing Andrzej with ...
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Overview

The feature debut of Roman Coppola son of Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola centers around an international film crew making a low-budget, Barbarella-like feature in Paris in 1969. The film is called Dragonfly and is being directed by Andrzej Gérard Depardieu, who wishes to make a revolutionary work rather than the tacky fluff it is becoming. He is soon fired by the film's Italian producer Enzo Giancarlo Giannini when he can't produce a satisfactory climactic scene. After briefly replacing Andrzej with an American horrormeister named Felix DeMarco Jason Schwartzman, the film's editor and second-unit director, the job is finally handed to Paul Jeremy Davies. Paul is pleased with the offer, but more devoted to his 16 mm filming of his diary of daily life. He eventually begins to fall for the leading lady Angela Lindvall, but must retrieve footage of the feature stolen by Andrezej and try to keep the troubled production together. CQ features Billy Zane, Massimo Ghini, and Dean Stockwell in supporting roles.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Paul (Jeremy Davies) may take his 16 mm film diary too seriously, but writer/director Roman Coppola brings ample humor to his movie about Paul's attempt to juggle both his personal filmmaking and his personal life with the troubled production of a low-budget French sci-fi flick. CQ is hardly a groundbreaking film; it doesn't have much new to say about artistic compromises, the blurry line between illusion and reality, or the other topics that have interested the numerous directors who have created movies about their own profession. However, it is an entertaining homage to the cinema of the late '60s. The scenes from the film-within-the-film "Dragonfly" are particularly entertaining thanks to production designer Dean Tavoularis and the rest of Coppola's crew, who successfully convey the grooviness of '60s movies such as Modesty Blaise, Barbarella, and Danger: Diabolik. The campy cinematic style and amusing details (e.g., snow on the moon) are likely to amuse viewers even if they don't catch all the film-related in-jokes, and Jeremy Davies finds just the right mixture of earnestness and exasperation to maximize the effectiveness of his scenes. Most of the remaining cast members also fare well even though they don't get to play multidimensional characters. Billy Zane is fun as a sci-fi revolutionary based on Che Guevera, Jason Schwartzman is also amusing as an obnoxious flavor-of-the-month director, and Dean Stockwell is quite good in a small, serious role as Paul's father. Unfortunately, the scenes in CQ that are unrelated to Dragonfly tend to be too slow-paced, and the conflict between Paul and his girlfriend isn't particularly compelling. Also, CQ lacks a satisfying ending, which is somewhat ironic since it's about a director's struggle to find a satisfying ending to two movies. Nonetheless, CQ is enjoyable as long as you don't take it too seriously.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2002
  • UPC: 883904130093
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Davies Paul
Élodie Bouchez Marlene
Gérard Depardieu Andrzej
Giancarlo Giannini Enzo
Massimo Ghini Fabrizio
Jason Schwartzman Felix DeMarco
Billy Zane Mr. E.
John Phillip Law Chairman
Silvio Muccino Pippo
Dean Stockwell Dr. Ballard
Angela Lindvall
Technical Credits
Roman Coppola Director, Screenwriter
Willi Baer Executive Producer
Richard Beggs Sound/Sound Designer
Luc Chalon Art Director
Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Jimmy De Brabant Co-producer
Leslie Jones Editor
Georgia Kacandes Executive Producer
Michael Kirchberger Sound Editor
Beatrice Kruger Casting
Gary Marcus Producer
Juliette Menager Casting
Michael Polaire Co-producer
Judy Shrewsbury Costumes/Costume Designer
Dean Tavoularis Production Designer
Carlo Thoss Sound/Sound Designer
Philippe Turlure Set Decoration/Design
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer
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