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  (in credits order)

Anne Wiazemsky ... Veronique

Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Guillaume
Juliet Berto ... Yvonne
Michel Semeniako ... Henri
Lex De Bruijn ... Kirilov
Omar Diop ... Omar
Francis Jeanson ... Francis
Blandine Jeanson ... Blandine
Eliane Giovagnoli ... Son ami

Directed by
Jean-Luc Godard 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Luc Godard 

Cinematography by
Raoul Coutard 
Film Editing by
Delphine Desfons 
Agnès Guillemot 
Production Management
Philippe Dussart .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles L. Bitsch .... assistant director
Sound Department
René Levert .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Georges Liron .... camera operator

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96 min | Argentina:99 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Chile:(Banned) (1974-2002) | Finland:S | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Portugal:M/16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16

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Louis Pierre Althusser (1918 - 1990) was a Marxist philosopher. He was Professor of Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.See more »
Guillaume:A Communist must always ask himself why and think carefuly to see if everything conforms to reality. A Communist is never infallible, should never be arrogant, and never think things are OK only at home.See more »
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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
blame it on my youth, 20 October 2007
Author: Daryl Chin (lqualls-dchin) from Brooklyn, New York

When Godard's LA CHINOISE was initially released, many commented on the fact that his latest movie might be called the further adventures of the children of Marx and Coca-Cola (the designation found in MASCULINE FEMININE). MASCULINE FEMININE had been in black-and-white, and was set in Paris in the winter of 1965-66; LA CHINOISE was in color (amazingly bright, Pop Art primary colors, mostly) and was set in the summer of 1967. Filming was so fast that Godard had the film ready for the Venice Film Festival in September of 1967 (where it won the Special Jury Award).

Just as MASCULINE FEMININE concerned a group of five friends (two boys, three girls), so LA CHINOISE has a group of five friends as its focus (two girls, three boys). The political discussions which had formed one strand in MASCULINE FEMININE now take over, and the film is about the political discourse which became so much a part of the radical Left in the period of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Yet though the film may seem didactic, it is also very tender in its regard for the protagonists. As with MASCULINE FEMININE, the film is filled with close-ups which show Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Juliet Berto and the others at their most open and vulnerable, for all the political posturings.

Again, as with MASCULINE FEMININE, LA CHINOISE is one of those movies that seemed to sum up the times for many of us who saw the film on its initial release: it just seemed to capture our lives with an immediacy and a relevancy that was startling. No filmmaker before or since has seemed to be able to be so contemporary. Now that period is part of the past, and the immediacy has been replaced by nostalgia, yet there remains a vitality that has kept this movie fresh.

Plus that "Mao, Mao" pop song is impossible to forget once you've heard it.

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