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A Woman Is a Woman (1961)

Une femme est une femme (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 6 September 1961 (France)
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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Cast overview:
Émile Récamier (as Brialy)
Angela (as Karina)
Alfred Lubitsch (as Belmondo)


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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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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6 September 1961 (France)  »

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A Woman Is a Woman  »

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$160,000 (estimated)

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


$99,658 (USA) (12 September 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Film debut of Anna Karina, though her first filmed role was in Le Petit Soldat (1963) which was completed in 1960 but due to French censors it was released three years later. See more »


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 »


Angela: Women have the right to talk in riddles, Monsieur Emile, not men.
Émile Récamier: How come?
Angela: Because!
Émile Récamier: Say something nice to me.
Angela: Leave me alone!
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Tu t'laisses aller
Written by Charles Aznavour
Performed by Charles Aznavour with Paul Mauriat et son Orchestre
Conducted and Arranged by Paul Mauriat
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Beautiful Performance
19 November 2004 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

Absolutely beautiful. I loved every minute of this piece. The Color. Anna Karina. The opening scenes. The closing scenes. The concept. Whenever I think of Godard, I think of Anna Karina singing in the cabaret about her beauty. If you consider yourself a fan of Godard, French New Wave, musicals (although coming into seeing this, i was expecting quite a different type of musical, a more American version, which it wasn't) or just film in general, this is a must see. Godard holds a huge influence over todays films, i.e. Wes Anderson's work. I love seeing Anna Karina walking into the coffee shop, past the traffic, from the drab looking outside, ordering coffee, and leaving. I am so happy that Mr. Godard is still making films today, what a gift.

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