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Made in U.S.A

Jean-Luc Godard

 
Made in U.S.A (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1966
  • 85 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • French
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  • Spine #481

With its giddily complex noir plot and color-drenched widescreen images, Made in U.S.A was a final burst of exuberance from Jean-Luc Godard’s early sixties barrage of delirious movie-movies. Yet this chaotic crime thriller and acidly funny critique of consumerism—starring Anna Karina as the most brightly dressed private investigator in film history, searching for a former lover who might have been assassinated—also points toward the more political cinema that would come to define Godard. Featuring characters with names such as Richard Nixon, Robert McNamara, David Goodis, and Doris Mizoguchi, and appearances by a slapstick Jean-Pierre Léaud and a sweetly singing Marianne Faithfull, this piece of pop art is like a Looney Tunes rendition of The Big Sleep gone New Wave.

Cast

Paula NelsonAnna Karina
Donald SiegelJean-Pierre Léaud
Paul Widmark László Szabó
HerselfMarianne Faithfull
Edgar Typhus Ernest Menzer
Doris Mizoguchi Kyôko Kosaka
BarmanMarc Dudicourt
David Goodis Yves Afonso
Richard Politzer (voice) Jean-Luc Godard
Dr. KorvoRoger Scipion
Robert McNamara Sylvain Godet
Richard Nixon Jean-Pierre Biesse
Inspector AldrichClaude Bouillon
HimselfPhilippe Labro

Credits

DirectorJean-Luc Godard
ScreenplayJean-Luc Godard
Based on the novel The Jugger by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake)
CinematographyRaoul Coutard
EditingAgnès Guillemot
SoundJacques Maumont and René Levert

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Interviews with stars Anna Karina and Lászlo Szábó
  • A video piece on the personal and the political in Made in U.S.A and 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her, featuring Godard biographers Richard Brody and Colin MacCabe
  • A visual essay cataloguing the multiple references in the film
  • Original and rerelease theatrical trailers
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic J. Hoberman

    New cover by Jason Hardy

Film Essays

Made in U.S.A: The Long Goodbye

By J. HobermanJuly 22, 2009

Made in 1966 (so quickly that it could almost be considered an improvisation), Jean-Luc . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Godard x 2 (or 3)

August 03, 2009

Two of Godard’s most breathlessly awaited sixties classics—Made in U.S.A and 2 or 3 Things I . . . Read more »


Clippings

QUOTE OF THE DAY

July 23, 2009

The New York Press’s Armond White on Made in U.S.A and 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her—by way . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Made in U.S.A: The Long Goodbye

By J. HobermanJuly 22, 2009

Made in 1966 (so quickly that it could almost be considered an improvisation), Jean-Luc . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

Pop Goes Godard

May 07, 2009