Vivre Sa Vie (1962) All Region DVD (Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible). A film by Jean-Luc Godard. a.k.a. My Life To Live
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Region Free DVD - plays on all DVD players worldwide, including yours! French Dolby Digital audio with optional English and Korean subtitles only. Case displays English and Korean text, with movie synopsis Korean. English DVD menu.
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Forty-odd years ago when I first discovered foreign (and probably more often than not, French) films that were occasionally shown late at night on the telly, I soon realised that I was watching cinema that was noticeably “different”, and not just because the actors spoke in a language that I didn’t. I also noticed that what was shown on the telly was often the best of foreign cinema (however one measures such subjective art). Watching “Vivre Sa Vie” reminded me of how good it was to discover those amazing “best-of” foreign films that were (often) from another era and from another country (and especially somewhere other than Hollywood USA).
Made five-and-a-half decades ago, “Vivre Sa Vie” is in some respects, an historical film, as it shows life in Paris in the early Sixties, for example where some scenes had been shot in bars and when building, cars and people are shown as life went on for the people of the city, and it is educational in that way that cinema sometimes can be, and also educational in what it tells one about attitudes regarding prostitution at that time in France or at least in its Capital.
Education aside though, I found “Vivre Sa Vie” to be very entertaining. From the very first scene where the actors have been filmed from an unconventional angle, its “different-ness” is one of the things that made it so entertaining. Though a fictional story, the narrative gives us that story in such a way that the film has a documentary edge to it. The black and white photography works brilliantly adding to the enjoyment, and in a way that colour film might not have been as good. As well as the stylised directing and filming, editing is also great and it goes, almost without saying (in a film that I enjoyed so much) that I found the acting to be great as well. Great music also – there is a beautiful piece of music by Michel Legrand that is played at times throughout the film which is a delight to listen to, but also other music coming out of Juke Box’s in Bars (one record being put on by the singer of the song!).
The DVD that I watched of “Vivre Sa Vie” had been digitally re-mastered from a restored print and I must say that the picture quality was really great, this was far from any scratched and corrupted old bit of film that had been used and it must have been as good (better even?) than audiences would have seen in the cinema in the early ‘60’s.
The DVD also came with a 60-page booklet “Key Scenes and Dialogue – Jean-Luc Godard”.
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“Vivre Sa Vie” (1 hour 20 minutes)
Likewise the shots of Paris streets, often seen through cafe windows or reflected in the chrome of expresso machines, offer an historical record of a time and place that has changed almost beyond recall.
A great movie.
Edition comprehensive and superbly performed with three short films by Godard
The Criterion edition is zoned A, this edition allows me to finally see this film in good condition because unfortunately in France is edited unfortunately only big blockbuster US :(
Can we expect the release of "La jetée" (1962) by Chris Marker?
Merci à BFI d'avoir édité ce film français de Godard surtout dans 2 éditions différentes (avec les intertitres en anglais mais aussi en français)
Edition très complète et superbement réalisée avec 3 court métrages de Godard
L'édition Criterion est zoné A, cette édition me permet de voir enfin ce film dans de bonne condition car malheureusement en France on édite que malheureusement que les gros blockbuster US :(
A quand "La jetée" (1962) de Chris Marker ?
We move to the record shop where Nana (Anna Karina) works. We see her arguing with the concierge, losing her home. She is interviewed by the police. She walks the streets, embracing her first client in functional, emotionless commerce. She seeks life, she seeks love, she seeks escape, but all the while her world is being shaped by the men in her life. All the while her options are closing down, all the while she is destined to reach the end of the film. She has to take responsibility for her own decisions and actions, yet she is merely an actress at the whim of those who would script and dress and direct her life, her images and self-images contrived and devoid of intrinsic personality.
The film juxtaposes these twelve blocks of Nana's life - we understand a person by following a narrative. Change the order of the narrative and we change our understanding of the individual. Godard deliberately fragments Nana's life, presenting her as an unreality: he breaks away from an artistic tradition of inviting the viewer to suspend disbelief and enter into the story, become absorbed by it. Here, he consciously reminds us that we are watching a piece of cinema, that we are viewing a construction, something unreal, yet something which relies on the naturalistic imagery of the Paris in which it is filmed.
Godard, here, is capturing images on film. Nana is compared, visually, to the actress Louise Brooks, to Jeanne d'Arc, to other images which appear upon the screen. He consciously sets out to capture poses and postures, to expose the way film represents people ... and how people remodel themselves after images from film. Godard was fascinated by Karina's image (the pair were married at the time), so "Vivre Sa Vie" has a reflexive quality, with the filmmaker making the character's life come alive.
Godard constantly makes references outside the film - it begins with a quote from Montaigne, it contains stage-managed images of posters, paintings, photos, readings from books, music, etc. It takes on a documentary quality, a stylised reflection of real Parisian life. It becomes a moving image to hang on the wall of a cinema (or TV), to be absorbed by and referenced, even revered, by its observers. The nature of modern life has become so visually intensive that it is impossible to separate reality from image. Godard lures the viewer into recognition of this enigma.
Anna Karina is extraordinarily beautiful and utterly captivating, yet plays the role in almost frumpish fashion. She is entirely self-centred and self-contained, barely noticing the life around her, seemingly unaware that she could snap her fingers and have men running after her. The fragmentation and disjunction of her character and of the role of film goes right to the heart of her life. She lives her life.
An extraordinary movie which may well change the way you experience film, this is an exceptionally rewarding film despite its bleak themes and tone.
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