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Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux
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Release Date:
20 September 1962 (France) See more »
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Plot:
Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Pure like Jimmy Reed See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anna Karina ... Nana Kleinfrankenheim
Sady Rebbot ... Raoul (as Saddy Rebbot)
André S. Labarthe ... Paul
Guylaine Schlumberger ... Yvette (as G. Schlumberger)
Gérard Hoffman ... Le chef

Monique Messine ... 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
Jack Florency ... L'homme dans le cinéma
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfred Adam ... (uncredited)
Mario Botti ... L'italien (uncredited)
Gisèle Braunberger ... Concierge (uncredited)
Jean Ferrat ... Homme près du Jukebox (uncredited)

Jean-Luc Godard ... Voix de l'amant lisant Poe (voice) (uncredited)
Jean-Paul Savignac ... Soldat (uncredited)
László Szabó ... Homme blessé (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean-Luc Godard 
 
Writing credits
Marcel Sacotte (book "Où en est la prostitution")

Jean-Luc Godard (story)

Jean-Luc Godard 

Marcel Sacotte (additional narrative)

Produced by
Pierre Braunberger .... producer (as P. Braunberger)
 
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
 
Cinematography by
Raoul Coutard 
 
Film Editing by
Jean-Luc Godard 
Agnès Guillemot 
 
Costume Design by
Christiane Fageol 
 
Makeup Department
Alexandre .... hair stylist designer
Simone Knapp .... hair stylist
Jacky Reynal .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean-François Adam .... unit manager (as Jean F. Adam)
Roger Fleytoux .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Paul Savignac .... second assistant director (as J. Paul Savignac)
Bernard Toublanc-Michel .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lila Lakshmanan .... sound editor
Jacques Maumont .... sound mixer
Jean Philippe .... boom operator
Guy Villette .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Jean Fouchet .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Claude Beausoleil .... assistant camera
Charles L. Bitsch .... camera operator (as Charles Bitsch)
Fernand Coquet .... electrician (as Coquet Frères)
François Coquet .... electrician (as Coquet Frères)
Pierre Durin .... dolly grip
Bernard Largemain .... key grip
 
Transportation Department
Claude Laporte .... driver
 
Other crew
Georges Cravenne .... unit publicist
Ida Fassio .... production secretary
Marilù Parolini .... reportage (as M.L. Parolini)
Suzanne Schiffman .... script girl
Ursule Monlinaro .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux" - France (original title)
"My Life to Live" - USA
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Runtime:
80 min | Germany:83 min (restored integral version) | Portugal:83 min | UK:83 min | USA:85 min | West Germany:79 min
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Trivia:
The story being read to Nana is "The Oval Portrait" by Edgar Allan Poe.See more »
Quotes:
The Philosopher:An instant of thought can only be grasped through words.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Son of Gascogne (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ma mômeSee more »

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What does the title mean?
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33 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Pure like Jimmy Reed, 27 October 2001
Author: bluesdoctor from A Place is Just A Place

Officially translated as "My Life to Live", but literally (preferably?) "To Live Her Life." Shop girl (Anna Karina) turns to prostitution, but "gives her body to keep her soul." New Wave asceticism. Twelve tableaux, each individually titled. Analytic detachment that still breathes in the moment, true to time, and is one with the world.

Isn't' it sad? Even the purist Pacific Film Archive could find all the original uncut material only in a badly battered 16 mm print. (Wouldn't there be a zillion pristine 35 mm prints available if Julia Roberts or Bruce Willis were in it though?)

The usual Godard potpourri: homage to American gangster flicks (which, in my opinion, only detracts), existentialist digressions, written word headings, a crew of roustabout knockabout outcasts. Even though less than his best, it's far far better than anything above.

Godard opens the aperture to capture the world through his lens in all its flawed beauty and freshness. Karina is gorgeous, spontaneous, alive. The film hardly ever misses the heartbeat of now, present time, with all its rawness and unfolding surprises. The story hardly matters; I could watch Godard depict garbage being collected, anything. There is the feel, the eye, the instinct. Freedom. It's like childhood play, like Jimmy Reed, primitive, honest.

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