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Vivre sa vie

Jean-Luc Godard

 
Vivre sa vie (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1962
  • 83 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #512

Vivre sa vie was a turning point for Jean-Luc Godard and remains one of his most dynamic films, combining brilliant visual design with a tragic character study. The lovely Anna Karina, Godard’s greatest muse, plays Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress but instead ends up a prostitute, her downward spiral depicted in a series of discrete tableaux of daydreams and dances. Featuring some of Karina and Godard’s most iconic moments—from her movie theater vigil with The Passion of Joan of Arc to her seductive pool-hall strut—Vivre sa vie is a landmark of the French New Wave that still surprises at every turn.

Credits

DirectorJean-Luc Godard
ProducerPierre Braunberger
CinematographyRaoul Coutard
EditingAgnès Guillemot
SoundGuy Villette
Assistant directorBernard T. Michel
Sound mixerJacques Maumont
Sound editorLila Lakshmanan
Camera operatorCharles Bitsch
MusicMichel Legrand
Thought out, written, shot, edited, in sum, directed byJean-Luc Godard

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Adrian Martin
  • Video interview with film scholar Jean Narboni, conducted by historian Noël Simsolo
  • Television interview from 1962 with actress Anna Karina
  • Excerpts from a 1961 French television exposé on prostitution
  • Illustrated essay on La prostitution, the book that served as inspiration for the film
  • Stills gallery
  • Director Jean-Luc Godard’s original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring Godard’s original scenario, a new essay by critic Michael Atkinson, interviews with Godard, and a reprint by critic Jean Collet on the film’s soundtrack

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

Vivre sa vie: The Lost Girl

By Michael AtkinsonApril 22, 2010

It’s easy to get anxious about the place of Jean-Luc Godard in our cultural slipstream. He’s . . . Read more »


Film Essays

An Audacious Experiment: The Soundtrack of Vivre sa vie

By Jean ColletApril 22, 2010

This piece originally appeared in La revue du son in December 1962, and was translated by . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Vivre sa vie

By Luc SanteJanuary 07, 1997

Vivre sa vie, made in 1962, was the fourth of Jean-Luc Godard’s films. He had so far turned . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Ready for Her Close-up

June 04, 2012


Photo Galleries

12 Title Designs We Love

February 28, 2012


Video


Photo Galleries

The Bob

May 11, 2011


Press Notes

Press Notes: Vivre sa vie

May 05, 2010

Critics have been lavishing praise on Vivre sa vie, “truly one of French New Wave director . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Vivre sa vie: The Lost Girl

By Michael AtkinsonApril 22, 2010

It’s easy to get anxious about the place of Jean-Luc Godard in our cultural slipstream. He’s . . . Read more »


Film Essays

An Audacious Experiment: The Soundtrack of Vivre sa vie

By Jean ColletApril 22, 2010

This piece originally appeared in La revue du son in December 1962, and was translated by . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Vivre sa vie

By Luc SanteJanuary 07, 1997

Vivre sa vie, made in 1962, was the fourth of Jean-Luc Godard’s films. He had so far turned . . . Read more »