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Masculin Féminin -- With Masculin féminin, ruthless stylist and iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard introduces the world to "the children of Marx and Coca-Cola," through a gang of restless youths engaged in hopeless love affairs with music, revolution, and each other.

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Release Date:
22 March 1966 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
Jean-Luc Godard's Swinging Look at Youth and Love in Paris Today!
Plot:
Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and dishillusioned with civilian life... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Paul - un jeune homme instable
Chantal Goya ... Madeleine Zimmer - une petite chanteuse

Marlène Jobert ... Elisabeth Choquet - la copine d'Elisabeth
Michel Debord ... Robert Packard - un syndicaliste
Catherine-Isabelle Duport ... Catherine-Isabelle
Evabritt Strandberg ... Elle (la femme dans le film) (as Eva-Britt Strandberg)
Birger Malmsten ... Lui (l'homme dans le film)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yves Afonso ... L'homme qui se suicide (uncredited)
Henri Attal ... L'autre lecteur du bouquin porno (uncredited)

Brigitte Bardot ... Herself (uncredited)
Antoine Bourseiller ... Le partenaire de Brigitte Bardot (uncredited)
Chantal Darget ... La femme dans le métro (uncredited)
Françoise Hardy ... La compagne de l'officier américain (uncredited)
Med Hondo ... L'homme dans le métro (uncredited)
Elsa Leroy ... Mlle 19 ans de 'Mademoiselle Age Tendre' (uncredited)
Dominique Zardi ... Le lecteur du bouquin porno (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Luc Godard 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Guy de Maupassant  stories La Femme de Paul and Le Signe
Jean-Luc Godard 

Produced by
Anatole Dauman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jean-Jacques Debout 
 
Cinematography by
Willy Kurant 
 
Film Editing by
Agnès Guillemot 
Marguerite Renoir (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Philippe Dussart .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacques Henri Barratier .... assistant director (as Jacques Barratier)
Bernard Toublanc-Michel .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
René Levert .... sound
 
Other crew
Christine Brierre .... press attache
Marlène Jobert .... body double: Chantal Goya (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Masculin féminin" - France (original title)
"Masculine, Feminine: In 15 Acts" - International (English title) (complete title)
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Runtime:
110 min | Argentina:103 min | Sweden:104 min | USA:103 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
First film of Yves Afonso.See more »
Quotes:
Paul:To have a conscience is to be open to the world.
Paul:To be faithful is to act as if time didn't exist.
Paul:Wisdom would be to see life, truly see it. That would be wisdom.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Concerto pour clarinette et orchestre en La majeur, K. 622, 1. Allegro & 2. AdagioSee more »

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13 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
the film we secretly wanted to live, 20 October 2007
Author: Daryl Chin (lqualls-dchin) from Brooklyn, New York

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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