For a private film circle. I have recently seen all films by Jean-Luc Godard again. If we wanted to show all best Godard movies of his essentially Nouvelle Vague phase, I concluded, Masculin, féminin (1966) would be his film if we could only show one of his films.
In the following, I established a hierarchy in the evaluation process, with x from 1, via 2, 3 and 5 Godard's, to cumulatively 11 in all.
x=1 Essential Godard: Masculin, féminin (1966),
x=2 Godard A-Z: À bout de souffle (1960), Prénom Carmen (1983),
x=3 Godard stars: Vivre sa vie (1962), Le mépris (1963), Alphaville (1965),
x=5 Godard politique: La bande à part (1964), Made in U.S.A.(1966),
Deux ou trois choses ... (1966), La Chinoise (1967), Week-End (1967).
The various x layers have tried to bundle Godard's production: After the base case, come his first and last of the series (hence A and Z), one step further his star movies (Anna Karina, Brigitte Bardot, Eddie Constantine), then finally his political set of five.
Some Godard fans - I am one since 1960 (sic), but not the only one, I am well aware - will miss Pierrot le fou, Une femme mariée, others on the list, and may object to my No 1. In any case, all eleven of the complete list are worth seeing again, perhaps in the suggested order.
The dvd copy in original black and white is very acceptable. Given that many outside noises came in rather crudely when recording, sound is also ok. So if you haven't yet, go for it!
PS For those who miss Jean-Paul Belmondo in Pierrot le fou, I suggest to hunt for one early Godard short - Charlotte et son Jules.