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A Woman Is a Woman

Jean-Luc Godard

 
A Woman Is a Woman (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Out of Print
  • France
  • 1961
  • 84 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • French
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  • Spine #238

With A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme), compulsively innovative director Jean-Luc Godard presents “a neorealist musical—that is, a contradiction in terms.” Featuring French superstars Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Jean-Claude Brialy at their peak of popularity, A Woman Is a Woman is a sly, playful tribute to—and interrogation of—the American musical comedy, showcasing Godard’s signature wit and intellectual acumen. The film tells the story of exotic dancer Angéla (Karina) as she attempts to have a child with her unwilling lover Émile (Brialy). In the process, she finds herself torn between him and his best friend Alfred (Belmondo). A dizzying compendium of color, humor, and the music of renowned composer Michel Legrand, A Woman Is a Woman finds the young Godard at his warmest and most accessible, reveling in and scrutinizing the mechanics of his great obsession: the cinema.

Cast

AngélaAnna Karina
Alfred LubitschJean-Paul Belmondo
Émile RécamierJean-Claude Brialy
SuzanneMarie Dubois
Woman in barJeanne Moreau
Club ownerErnest Menzer
First prostituteNicole Paquin
Second prostituteMarion Sarraut

Credits

DirectorJean-Luc Godard
Screenplay (based on an idea by Geneviève Cluny)Jean-Luc Godard
ProducersGeorges de Beauregard and Carlo Ponti
Director of photographyRaoul Coutard
MusicMichel Legrand
Production designBernard Evein
EditingAgnès Guillemot
Assistant editorLila Herman
Assistant directorsFrancis Cognany and Jean Vigne
StillsRaymond Cauchetier
Script girlSuzanne Schiffmann
MakeupJackie Raynal
SoundGuy Villette
Production managerPhilippe Dussart

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Raoul Coutard, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Charlotte et Véronique ou Tous les garçons s’appellent Patrick (All the Boys Are Called Patrick, 1957), an early short film by Godard with Jean-Claude Brialy, written by Eric Rohmer
  • “Qui êtes-vous Anna Karina?”; excerpts from a 1966 French television interview with Karina, Brialy, and Serge Gainsbourg
  • Publicity for A Woman Is a Woman featuring the original trailer, rare on-set photos by photographer Raymond Cauchetier, a poster and stills gallery, and an audio promotional recording for the film
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • Plus: a 24-page booklet featuring excerpts from a 1961 interview with Godard and director of photography Raoul Coutard about A Woman Is a Woman, and a new essay by film critic J. Hoberman

    New cover by Alexander Ku

Film Essays

A Woman Is a Woman

By J. HobermanJune 21, 2004

Nouvelle vague euphoria was at its height when Jean-Luc Godard made his enormously clever . . . Read more »

Film Essays

A Woman Is a Woman

By J. HobermanJune 21, 2004

Nouvelle vague euphoria was at its height when Jean-Luc Godard made his enormously clever . . . Read more »