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A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
"Une femme est une femme" (original title)

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A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests his best friend to impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts.

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Émile Récamier (as Brialy)
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Angela (as Karina)
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Alfred Lubitsch (as Belmondo)
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Angela,a striptease artist, wants to have a baby and tries to persuade her boyfriend Emile to go along with the idea. Emile will have none of it so she goes after Emile's friend Alfred. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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6 September 1961 (France)  »

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Budget:

$160,000 (estimated)

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$13,213 (USA) (16 May 2003)

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$99,658 (USA) (12 September 2003)
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A favorite film of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as reported by the New York Times. See more »

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When Angela first meets Alfred on the street, the red and blue armband he wears changes from his right to his left arm between the start and end of the scene See more »

Quotes

Angela: Stop avoiding the question. What limits?
Alfred Lubitsch: I'm just following your example.
Angela: Women are allowed to avoid the question.
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References Lola (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Tu t'laisses aller
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Written by Charles Aznavour
Performed by Charles Aznavour with 'Paul Mauriat' et son Orchestre
Conducted and Arranged by Paul Mauriat
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Godard knows what cinema is and this is cinema.
14 December 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is often advertised as a musical. It's not. It's Jean-Luc Godard's world, filled with vibrant blues and reds, bogaurd cigarettes, and cinema fantasies, shown through the eyes of Anna Karina. Karina plays a stripper, but unlike the other girls, she dances and sings as if she were in a musical choreographed by Bob Fosse. Raoul Cotard's cinerama camera follows her through Paris as we expiriance her flirtation's with her lover's best friend (played by Jean Paul Belamondo who also costars with Karina in 'Pierette le Fou' and starred in Godard's first film, A bout de scoffule) and argues with her lover about whether they should have a child and how awful the opposite sex is. They love eachother deeply, but can't stand eachother. In my experiance this IS love...or the closest thing humans can get to love. Godard keeps us completley out of the film by constantly reminding us that THIS IS A FILM. Anna Karina winks at the camera, breaks into song, the actors are staged unrealistically. This is what makes Jean-Luc Godard great. No matter how hard he tried to obtain realism in his first film, it was still a film and this is one of Godard's subliminal messages to the audience. Fun, charming, cinematic, and beautiful--a woman is a woman is a fine piece of cinema.


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