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A Woman Is a Woman (The Criterion Collection) [Import]

Anna Karina , Jean-Claude Brialy , Jean-Luc Godard    Unrated   DVD
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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

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Jean-Luc Godard it is said by some to be one of the greatest French filmmakers ever! It is also said that he was a great inventor for cinema. I can't can't get why people say such things about him! Don't get me wrong, Godard has made some good movies. His best in my opinion was "Breathless", he then later made two decent films; "My Life To Live" (Maybe a bit more than decent) and "First Name; Carmen". He, as a filmmaker, has consistanly shocked me with his films. As someone who's a wanna be filmmaker I ususally see as many films as possible by all the highly reguarded filmmakers. It is for that reason, and ONLY that reason that I continue to watch films by Godard. "Two or Three Things I Know About Her" digust me! It's soooo pretenious! It trys so hard to be something it can never be. The same is true with his later film "Passion". And his earlier "masterpiece" "Weekend". But, this film is not as bad as those other films ( at least in my opinion). This movie in the begining works quite well. There actually seems to be a story I can get involved in ( way to go Godard!!). The problem is Godard lets the movie run out of steam fast. The movie just seems to go on and on. He played up all his good ideas early on in the movie. After 30 maybe 40 minutes the whole film becomes boring. It loses it's purpose. Another problem with the movie is it's billed as a comedy\drama\romance\musical. It's ever so clearly none of these things. There's ONE song in the movie. It's not a very romantic seeing a woman trying to get her boyfriend's best friend into bed with her so she can have a baby. The movie isn't really funny either. Perhaps silly at times, but I myself was not laughing out loud from this movie. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars There She Goes... July 15 2004
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The New Wave has been assessed in every intellectual capacity, and using every aesthetic criterion imaginable, but what makes the New Wave the most beguiling of cinematic phenomenon is that, in essence, it is a declaration of the love of cinema, through cinema itself.
AWOMAN IS A WOMAN ("Une Femme est une Femme"), Godard's third film, is as much a milestone as his own "Breathless" two years earlier. The basic premise is effectively that of a kitchen sink drama; an exotic dancer's (Anna Karina) whim to have a baby is met with consternation by her boyfriend (Jean-Claude Brialy), who is further dismayed when she asks a mutual friend (Jean-Paul Belmondo) to act as a surrogate father.
But the neo-realist background gives way to a film shot in bold, giddy colours and synchronised to Legrand's harebrained soundtrack - A WOMAN IS A WOMAN is best described as a musical with no singing. Actors frequently affect choreographed like stances and positions, their conversations punctuated with overtly dramatic interventions from Legrand's score. Our heroine expresses her desire to appear in an American musical, "with Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse", before adopting the relevant deportment for the approval of the audience, who are constantly consulted, bowed to, winked at and cavorted with by actors revelling in front of Godard's lens.
It is Godard's preference for the actor, in favour of the character, that makes A WOMAN IS A WOMAN an unparalleled experience in spontaneity. Filmed without a script, the actors wear their own clothes and concoct their own dialogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious celebration of life! June 27 2004
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When you watch "A Woman is a Woman" you enter a cinematic fantasy world created by Godard, one of our most inventive filmmakers. It is a world filled with color, music, humor, heartbreak, fluid tracking shots, creative editing and groundbreaking audio tracks. When you watch films like Coppola's "One from the Heart" or the recent "Moulin Rouge" you can instantly see how much "A Woman is a Woman" influenced those films. The big difference is Godard's film was made in 1961! Years ahead of it's time. The acting from Brialy, Belmondo and Karina is nothing short of brilliant. They play off of each other so well and look like they're having a marvelous time thru-out the film. The music score by Michel Legrand is one of the highlights of the viewing experience. There are so many musical interludes that pay homage to Hollywood musicals and at moments grand opera. They're just breathtaking! But remember, this is Godard's version of "life as musical." The actors don't break into song at any given moment. The musical score accents their dialogue as if they were in a musical, operatic production. In reading the other reviews posted here I am shocked to see people write the film off as a piece of boring fluff. If you keep an open mind and allow yourself to enter the world created by Godard in "A Woman is a Woman" you will be greatly rewarded. You'll wish you could go back in time and be on the streets of Paris sharing Anna Karina's red umbrella!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm Not Without Shame. I'm a Dame!"
With the minor exception of the new english subtitles messing up this great final line, the Criterion Collection edition of Godard's "A Woman Is A Woman" is yet another... Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Philip Cannistraci
5.0 out of 5 stars To be re-released by Criterion
A Woman is a Woman should be re-released by the Criterion Collection in the 2nd half of 2004. Save your money from buying the expensive Fox-Lorber version.
Published on March 9 2004 by none
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
A lot of people don't like Godard very much, and I understand why: he sometimes seems more interested in making a theoretical or academic point than in making an enjoyable movie... Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by Ronaldinho
3.0 out of 5 stars lights - cameras - godard...hitting his stride!
By now, Godard is a somewhat mythical creature to cinephiles and to the casual film viewer alike. The mention of his name conjures up romantic notions of the filmmaker and the... Read more
Published on July 7 2003 by "ll4life"
3.0 out of 5 stars lights - cameras - godard...hitting his stride!
By now, Godard is a somewhat mythical creature to cinephiles and to the casual film viewer alike. The mention of his name conjures up romantic notions of the filmmaker and the... Read more
Published on July 7 2003 by "ll4life"
5.0 out of 5 stars Way too good for Americans to get it...
I've read the reviews on here, even the one who gave it 4 stars. I originally saw this film in French with NO subtitles, and even though my French is rusty, I still appreciated it... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2002 by HH
5.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood masterpiece?
This is certainly one of the finest films Godard has ever made and not in spite of the criticisms that could be leveled against it but because of them. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2002 by Bradd Allen Saunders
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute c**p
I will never buy Fox Lorber stuff again. I did watch five minutes of "A woman is a woman" and after that I just coulnd't take it anymore so I did throw the thing out in... Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull movie, shabby DVD
Not a musical, not a comedy, hardly a tribute to Hollywood movies -- not much of anything, really. Aside from "Breathless", isn't it time to admit Godard is among the... Read more
Published on May 5 2000 by Patriotic American
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Godard's best
This is a beautiful, exilarating, joyful film if there ever was one. I can't watch this thing without getting an overwealming sense of euphoria. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2000 by Scott D. Cudmore
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