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  • Actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean-Claude Brialy, Catherine Demongeot, Marie Dubois, Anna Karina
  • Directors: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Producers: Georges de Beauregard
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z63YZC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,391 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Director Jean-Luc Godard deconstructs the classic MGM musical in the first of his films to star then wife Anna Karina. Nightclub stripper Angela (Karina) wants to have a baby but her lover Emile (Jean-Claude Brialy) refuses to co-operate. Angela threatens to get pregnant by the first man that comes along and Emile suggests his friend Alfred (Jean-Paul Belmondo), who is in love with Angela.

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One of the landmark early films of the French New Wave, director Jean-Luc Godard (Breathless) weaves a tale of desperation and deceit. Anna Karina (Vivre Sa Vie) plays a stripper determined to have a child in the hopes that it will better her life. She tries in vain to convince her rough, selfish boyfriend (Jean-Paul Belmondo) to father the child, but he refuses. In desperation and sparked by anger she turns to his best friend to father the child, setting off a new round of recrimination and betrayal. Une Femme Est une Femme is one of Godard's first films and essential viewing for fans of the Nouvelle Vague, to chart the beginnings of the detached mood and style that influenced a coming generation of films. --Robert Lane, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jun. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Like many of Godard's early films this is essentially a hommage to the beauty of his then wife Anna Karina. It is playful like much of the early nouvelle vague films and was mostly written the night before shooting giving it a very immediate feel. The narrative is largely non-existent but we are still taken in by the eccentricities of the characters and the love triangle played out before us. The story tells of the relationship between Anna Karina's character and her two men, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Claude Brialy. She can't make up her mind, they can't make up their minds, we can't make up our minds but who cares. Cinema at its most innocent yet most knowing. A joy
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By technoguy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
Une Femme est Une Femme is Godard's homage to American musical comedy a la Lubitsch in a widescreen colour film. One of his earlier popular films in which his muse/wife, Anna Karina, lights up the screen with her vivacity.She is one of the star actors,the others being,Anthony Breily as Emile,her lover and Belmondo as Alfred,Emile's best friend.The story is the love triangle formed around Angela(Karina)who works as an exotic dancer in a sleazy nightclub,only she wants to have a baby,but Emile will not oblige,so she is drawn to Alfred,who is keen to impregnate Angela.Godard has fun, exploiting all the techniques he has learned,making clever allusions to other films like An American in Paris.He refers to fellow new waver Truffaut's films Jules et Jim and Shoot the Piano Player, and even his own 1st film Breathless out of pride.He also uses headings: "Everything will go wrong for them because they love each other."Godard chafing not against romance but the idea of romance.He does voiceovers with his own voice.

Karina does no more dancing than she does in Vivre Sa Vivre and Bande a Part,and only sings one song.Michel le Grand's music scores the film,Charles Azvanour is on the Juke Box.The dialogue is improvised,scatty,ragamuffin, the primary colours are bright.Farce organises the episodes so action is speeded up at times. Angéla and Émile have their arguments about the matter; at one point, as they have decided not to speak with each other, they pull books from the shelf and, pointing to the titles, continue their argument.It's a valentine to Karina,a total construction,and to all women,the sheer otherness of women,the idea of a woman,or at least Godard's idea of one. The punning punchline at the end Brialy calls Karina shameless: "Tu es infâme!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Rocha on 15 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
A Declaration of love to Anna Karina and a joy of a movie. This one made me realize Godard had another side. A funny, enjoyable film. For me, in this film Goddard has my complete devotion, this film is why I left my opinion aside from films like Le Mepris and Alphaville (the only ones from this period available in Brasil for a long time in VHS format) which were a bit similar in mood. Not that I don't like these latter films but is good to know he was open to other things and not just stuck into that heavy stuff. In AWIAW, his brechtian techniques don't disturb the story at all and seems part of the film. Godard is so famous and when you watch his films for the first time you think: My God, the film has such an amateur acting, the music stops in the middle of the action, jump-cuts abounds...Why this so untalented person is so famous. But soon you realize this is all intentional and you start to get his numerous cinema's history visual and literal citations (sometimes annoying) in all his films. Some actors had the talent to low the brow of his films and here we have a powerful trio: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina and Jean-Claude Brialy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DH Dixon on 26 Feb. 2010
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Great music score, great colour film making, great cast, with Brially outstanding, an essential angle on JLG's talent. Full of charm and a nice period feel. One of his best.
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