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Une Femme Est une Femme

Jean-Luc Godard, whose use of unusual cutting, fragmented pacing and cynical jocularity worked in his first film, Breathless, has now tried to apply these techniques to a situation comedy [from an idea by Genevieve Cluny]. It does not come off as well and is only intermittently bright. Too much homage to Yank musicals and comedies point up the lack of polish in this entry.

With:
Anna Karina Jean-Paul Belmondo Jean-Claude Brialy Nicole Paquin Marie Dubois Jeanne Moreau

Jean-Luc Godard, whose use of unusual cutting, fragmented pacing and cynical jocularity worked in his first film, Breathless, has now tried to apply these techniques to a situation comedy [from an idea by Genevieve Cluny]. It does not come off as well and is only intermittently bright. Too much homage to Yank musicals and comedies point up the lack of polish in this entry.

A stripteaser (Anna Karina), living with a young bookseller (Jean-Claude Brialy), decides she wants a baby. He is against it until they get married. She finally goes to his friend (Jean-Paul Belmondo) so that she can have her child and comes back and tells her beau, who accepts the situation.

There are some good sequences in the strip parlor. Some witty dialog along with visual and sound jokes also are assets. But not enough of the material is effective and too many situation gags fall flat.

Godard has kept wife Karina almost continually on screen. She is a fetching featherbrain, but is sometimes lost in the dead spots that call for girlish mugging. Brialy and Belmondo are mainly foils, but acquit themselves well. Color is uneven. At times, however, it aids the story.

Une Femme Est une Femme

France - Italy

Production: Rome-Paris. Director Jean-Luc Godard; Producer Georges de Beauregard, Carlo Ponti; Screenplay Jean-Luc Godard; Camera Raoul Coutard; Editor Agnes Guillemot; Music Michel Legrand; Art Director Bernard Evein

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1961. Running time: 84 MIN.

With: Anna Karina Jean-Paul Belmondo Jean-Claude Brialy Nicole Paquin Marie Dubois Jeanne Moreau

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