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Masculin Feminin [DVD] [1966]

Jean-Pierre Leaud , Chantal Goya , Jean-Luc Godard    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Jean-Pierre Leaud, Chantal Goya, Marlene Jobert
  • Directors: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00525QGI8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,023 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Juxtaposing images of pristine, romantic innocence with ones of mute, meaningless violence, Godard's Masculin-Féminin first lulls with a hypnotic, disjointed story line and then stuns with scenes of tremendous depth and meaning. This outrageous film follows the somewhat ineffectual courtship of Madeline, an aspiring pop singer, by Paul, an erstwhile journalist and interviewer but mostly groundless searcher. As in most Godard films, plot mechanics are secondary to elements such as dialogue (generally marvellous, but sometimes a bit too pointed), lighting (bizarre and over-saturated, but nevertheless than fascinating), shot framing (extraordinarily thoughtful), and performance. Godard allows his camera to linger on single faces, without cutting, for what seems by modern standards to be extremely long segments--perhaps even excruciatingly long--but the remarkably subtle cast members never disappoint, particularly the fantastically adept and frequently hilarious lead actors, Jean-Pierre Léaud and Chantal Goya. The filmmaker has little to add to our collective understanding of the relationship between masculin et féminin writ large; in fact, most of the female characters are uncomfortably stereotypical, framed as either wilfully oblivious to the world or subtly (or overtly) deadly. But as an examination of a young generation faced with the prospect of war in Vietnam and the vagaries of French socialism, Masculin-Féminin proves remorselessly and chillingly trenchant. A towering influence, it would seem, on Whit Stillman's similarly themed Barcelona--but while Stillman lacks the conviction to follow his instincts to their logical, violent conclusions, Godard faces his uncompromising story with elegance and courage. --Miles Bethany, Amazon.com

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With Masculin Féminin, ruthless stylist and iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard introduces the world to "the children of Marx and Coca-Cola," through a gang of restless youths engaged in hopeless love affairs with music, revolution, and each other. French new wave icon Jean-Pierre Léaud stars as Paul, an idealistic would-be intellectual struggling to forge a relationship with adorable pop star Madeleine (real-life yé-yé girl Chantal Goya). Through their tempestuous affair, Godard fashions a candid and wildly funny free-form examination of youth culture in throbbing 1960s Paris, mixing satire and tragedy as only Godard can.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Jean Luc Godard's best 20 July 2008
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This is a fine film, a black and white beauty from 1966 that is full of the art and wit and audacity of Godard at his best. I have seen a couple of reviews on Amazon where the film created a negative impression, so you may have to be interested in JLG's art to appreciate it perhaps. But I would rank it alongside Une Femme Est Une Femme as one of his finest and most endearing films. It is a melange of an experimental love story, an experimental contemporary social study of the concerns among youngsters over LBJ's attacking of North Vietnam the year before, and an experiment in cinema art, all of which is beautifully accomplished. It is not pretentious however, any more than any of Godard's films. It manages to make the trendiness of the mid-60s still look trendy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Young people you must see this movie! 5 Mar 2001
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An excellent example of the talent and inventiveness of French-Swiss genius Jean Luc Godard, this movie is situated on the transition period between his first works, the emotional period and his second works, the "Maoist years". The film shows the disorientation of the french youth, which before May of 68 didn't know what stance to take, having grown up with both American culture and left wing ideals. This insecurity is reflected in the couple played by Jean Pierre Leaud and Chantal Goya, unable to have a clear relationship for fear of compromise, both politically and sentimentally. The unique skill of Godard as director and creator is seen in his use of music, in the long sequences shot in one take, the innovative camera movements (some of the last that he made in years), the division of the plot in chapters indicated by intertitles, etc... Perhaps not best movie to start with Godard, but the fans and those already familiar with his work will find here some of his best ideas within that period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Godard 15 Mar 2011
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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.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uconventional, provocative, but great film 26 Jun 2013
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Like most of Godards film, it is, as title says, unconventional and provocative, and might by some be viewed as a cold empty shell.
Personally, I find it very stimulating. The main theme is the relationship between women and men, with emphasis on the fight for power in relationships. The sexes are somewhat like caricatures - the male are small-time/pseudo-revolutionairies, who are desperately wanting the women, whereas the women, with the new sense of freedom that emerged in the 60s, are laid-back, hard to get and slightly materialistic (and also, in this film, - and especially Chantal Goya - absolutely gorgeous). The caracters are very self-aware, but that doesn't keep us from getting new insights into human relationships. There is a lot of dialogue, often stylized, in the form of questionaires.

I would guess what Godard is aiming at is giving a portrait of the mid-60s young generation, a generation very distinct from all that came before. Whether he made it or not, it is a film that leaves you thinking, and makes you want to get hold of a time machine and see if this was really what was going on. Witness the spark of "15 minutes of fame", a 60's pioneer for such films as Sofia Coppolas "Bling Ring" (2013).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 25 Jun 2008
As a fan of french films of that period i found the film irratatingly pretentious. The characters are especially unlikeable (maybe intentional), the conversations between the characters just boring and the clanging noises throughout made my nerves jingle and my ears ring. it was a releif to get out the cinema.
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