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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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  (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)
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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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110 min | Argentina:103 min | Sweden:104 min | USA:103 min
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There are many instances where the hero talks about the Vietnam war. Chantal Goya who plays Madeleine is actually born in Vietnam and actually shows no interest towards the Vietnam war in the movie.See more »
Paul:Kill a man and you're a murderer. Kill thousands and you're a conqueror. Kill everyone and you're a god.
Elisabeth:I don't think God exists.
Paul:We shall see.
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14 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Masculinity beats Feminism! Yeah!, 22 August 2009
Author: Cihan Sean Victorydawn Vercan (CihanVercan) from Ottawa, Canada

In 1960s' France, when there is rebellion against every reigning doctrine inside the mind of youth culture; Godard particularizes the downgrading of youth in different cases. Honored with Silver Berlin Bear for his influential leading part, Jean-Pierre Leaud symbolizes French New Wave with playing a captious character by means of critical attitudes. So wisely, Godard doesn't force the story to describe this leading character. Instead he let his leading actor become the viewer. Of every moment at all the scenes Godard puts us in his shoes. When we start laughing at an ironic situation, he became the one who is making fun of the person in the irony. When we start feeling bored of a conversation, he became the one disturbing the talkers. When we start getting confused of the happenings, he came to create his own scene.

Not only leading the script, the story and the other actors; Jean- Pierre Leaud also leads us to be part of his daily life, to realize his ambitions. Step by step he charms Madeleine with asking dead-end questions and helping her finding the impossible answers. Even though Madeleine ideally never liked him, she found herself pregnant and realized he has become the one that will share her fate in a little while. You would be impressed how fabulously, Paul convinces Madeleine and her roommate to share the same house, same room and to sleep in the same bed altogether. If this has been Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers" you wouldn't be amazed that much.

Masculin Feminin is a conversation-based movie of philosophy and youth sociology and has the governing idea that even with the feminism women still are under the sway of masculinity. It's centering on masculinity. There is also a hidden analogy here that; as socialism being nothing but a rebellion to the eyes of democracy, so is feminism being nothing but a rebellion to the eyes of a man's self-knowledge. The character profiles are very well sculptured. It inspires confidence over the impossible-to-understand woman characteristics. Yet, for me the best issue is that the story-telling is very confusing, out-of-order; so that it's not really down-to-earth at all.

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