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Vivre Sa Vie (1962)
"Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  20 September 1962 (France)
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Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sady Rebbot ...
Raoul (as Saddy Rebbot)
André S. Labarthe ...
Paul
Guylaine Schlumberger ...
Yvette (as G. Schlumberger)
Gérard Hoffman ...
Le chef
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Elisabeth
Paul Pavel ...
Journaliste
Dimitri Dineff ...
Dimitri
Peter Kassovitz ...
Le jeune homme
Eric Schlumberger ...
Luigi (as E. Schlumberger)
Brice Parain ...
Le philosophe
Henri Attal ...
Arthur (as Henri Atal)
Gilles Quéant ...
Premier client
Odile Geoffroy ...
La serveuse de café
Marcel Charton ...
L'agent de police
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This film explores a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. The movie is comprised of a series of 12 "tableaux"-- scenes which are basically unconnected episodes, each presented with a worded introduction. Written by Alan Katz <katz@panther.middlebury.edu>

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$64,000 (estimated)
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One of the best movies ever
20 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The French New Wave remains one of the finest movements in film history. Jean-Luc Godard was one of the most innovative filmmakers to emerge from this movement, and Vivre sa vie is one of the best films ever. Long before the Hong Kong cinema proved substance could be downplayed with style, Godard was doing it. The film's plot follows a woman's descent into prostitution, but the story isn't what people will talk about after viewing the film. Godard breaks every Hollywood rule and pulls it off nicely.

If you want to see the conventions of Hollywood broken and a true auteur at work, rent Vivre sa vie.


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