Masculin Féminin (1966)
"Masculin féminin" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  22 March 1966 (France)
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Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and dishillusioned with civilian life. As his girlfriend builds herself a career as a pop singer, Paul becomes more ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Paul - un jeune homme instable
Madeleine Zimmer - une petite chanteuse
Elisabeth Choquet - la copine d'Elisabeth
Michel Debord ...
Robert Packard - un syndicaliste
Catherine-Isabelle Duport ...
Evabritt Strandberg ...
Elle (la femme dans le film) (as Eva-Britt Strandberg)
Birger Malmsten ...
Lui (l'homme dans le film)


Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and dishillusioned with civilian life. As his girlfriend builds herself a career as a pop singer, Paul becomes more isolated from his friends and peers ('the children of Marx and Coca Cola', as the credits announce) and their social and emotional politics. Written by D.Giddings <>

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Jean-Luc Godard's Swinging Look at Youth and Love in Paris Today!


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Masculin Féminin  »

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$26,855 (USA) (11 February 2005)


$200,087 (USA) (2 September 2005)

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The film uses natural light settings and minimal production crew for the entire movie. See more »


Robert: Ever notice there's the word "mask" in masculine? And also "ass"?
Paul: And in feminine?
Robert: Nothing.
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Crazy Credits

Contrary to what Paul and his friend decide in the laundry mat sequence, Godard points out just before the credits that the word "féminin" does in fact contain another word: "fin" [end]. See more »


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Concerto pour clarinette et orchestre en La majeur, K. 622, 1. Allegro & 2. Adagio
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the film we secretly wanted to live
20 October 2007 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

Godard's MASCULINE FEMININE is a very difficult film to discuss for those of us who saw it when we were young, and felt an immediate correspondence to the film. In 1966, MASCULINE FEMININE seemed to sum up our feelings: our interest in (radical) politics, our passion for forms of pop culture (especially pop music), our friendships. Godard was the filmmaker who seemed to be making films in the "now", just as soon as events happened. Protests over the Vietnam War raged everywhere, and Godard puts those in the film. On a personal level, the birth control pill was just starting to make its way on the market, and this was also shown.

But it wasn't just the immediacy that marked Godard's films as special, it was the sense of love that envelopes the film. The close-ups of Jean-Pierre Leaud, Chantal Goya, Marlene Jobert and all the others seem to catch these young people at their most vulnerable, their most charming, and their loveliest. Godard seemed genuinely concerned, fascinated, and enthralled by these young people. Of course, there are some difficulties (the ending is like a punch in the stomach; in the interview with Chantal Goya which is an extra on the Criterion Collection DVD, Goya reveals that the Godard insisted on the ending, because he wanted the contrast between Goya's childlike beauty and the horror of what she's saying), but it is a film which still maintains its hold on the affections of so many who loved the film in their youth. And i think the film is like a time capsule, and has much to show new audiences about a special time in the 20th Century.

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