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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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22 March 1966 (France) See more »
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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)

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:Times had changed, It was the age of James Bond and Viet Nam. Hope swept the French left as the December elections loomed. I turned 21 two days before.See more »
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Referenced in In the Strangest Places (2005)See more »
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21 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Anthropology of a decade, 12 August 2003
Author: mst-5 from japan

Possible Spoliers: Though not Godard's best, Masculin, feminin is in many ways the prototypical Godard film, exhibiting as it does both his characteristic virtues and characteristic vices. The plot is simple and barley manages to hold the film together; a young man (Paul) conducts a shapeless relationship with a singer (Madeline), works on a cigarette trick, engages in politically oriented graffiti, wrestles with only moderate energy with his own political views, watches two strangers get killed and takes scant notice, etc. Friends and acquaintances of the pair drift in and out of the film, to no great effect.

The film, like most Godard films, should be dreadful, and to many it will appear to be just that. But it manages to develop a rhythm, largely thanks to interesting editing choices, and keeps the viewer interested, if not exactly riveted. One hangs on with a Godard film in an attempt to discern the pattern at work-there seems to be no organizing principle as such, nothing particular the filmmaker wishes to communicate, but one senses a method, or a semblance of one, to Godard's madness.

Nearly 40 years on, Masculin, feminin appears very much a product of its time, though not without some claim to universality. References to the Vietnam War and to De Gaulle along with detailed, and dreary, political texts read aloud by the actors, do date the film somewhat, and yet a good deal of ground is covered; love and sex, birth control, women's rights, democracy and liberty, France vs. America, Bob Dylan, the Final Solution, German war guilt, union agitation, random violence, vanity, pornography. Trouble is, neither the characters nor the film reaches any particular conclusions about any of these things; many of them are mentioned in passing-themes stillborn. But perhaps that's part of the point. Godard seems to be acting almost like a

documentarian-at this point in time these kinds of things were discussed, but desultorily, as a part of the process of living, but not as its whole. Will this interest you, the putative viewer? Who knows. In my opinion, this is hardly a great film. Scenes drag on and lead nowhere; dramatic events happen but have no bearing on the rest of the film and thus we are not inclined to care; the sound of gunfire and titles break the film into chapters for no justifiable reason; Godard appears as confused as his protagonists as to the value of art, politics, and action. Still, the film has a wholly original texture, and that cannot be faked.

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