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Masculin Féminin (1966)

Masculin féminin (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 22 March 1966 (France)
A romance between young Parisians, shown through a series of vignettes.

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Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and disillusioned 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 <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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

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Opening Weekend USA:

$26,855, 13 February 2005, Limited Release

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$200,087, 4 September 2005
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Paul: [Voice-over] Robert liked Catherine, who was probably still a virgin but had the makings of a future militant.
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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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Si, tu gagnes au flipper
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Written by Jean-Jacques Debout
Performed by Chantal Goya
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very 1960's, very godard, VERY good!
2 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

"Masculin Feminin" is a definitive example of French New Wave filmmaking. It is experimental, comic, risky, wild, and fun, a spectacle that find cinematic magic within even the most subtle and mundane of situations. Although it is often listed as nothing more than a drama, this is also an extremely funny movie, perhaps one of Jean-Luc Godard's very funniest. From the opening moments, bizarre comic mischief is springing left and right. Through unexpected surrealism and occasional violence, Godard masterfully weaves dark humor into this often tragic love story.

The performances are also quite exceptional. Jean-Pierre Léaud further stabilizes his spot among the greatest French actors, and Chantal Goya is no less than absolutely charming and delightful. The characters are well developed-often likable, but sometimes despicable, like most human beings. There are times in which you, as an audience member, agree with their actions and beliefs, and there are times in which you must disagree. Through their ups and downs, "Masculin Feminin" explores a youthful couple's relationship in a unique and hysterical way. Fusing satire, sadness, fantasy, and comedy, "Masculin feminin" is very much a Jean-Luc Godard love story, meaning that it is heavily stylized, but also heavily realistic, just not in the conventional sense.


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