A Woman Is a Woman

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A Woman Is a Woman
Une Femme est une femme | Jean-Luc Godard, 1961
France | French with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 84 minutes

Godard’s third film is a thing of great beauty, a "neorealist musical" (with a score by Michel Legrand—actually, in Godard’s words, "the idea of a musical, nostalgia for the musical"—but no less magical for that) about a woman (Anna Karina) who wants to have a baby with the man she lives with (Jean-Claude Brialy) but who turns to his friend (Jean-Paul Belmondo)—will either of themselves be able to turn away from themselves and give her what she wants? A richly colored, funny, and moving film about one of Godard’s great subjects: being a couple.

Series: Jean-Luc Godard – The Spirit of the Forms

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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