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La maman et la putain
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Director:
Writer:
Jean Eustache (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
17 May 1973 (France) See more »
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Plot:
In Paris, the pedantic Alexandre lives with his mate Marie in her apartment, an open relationship. Alexandre... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Don't be so hard. See more (32 total) »

Cast

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Bernadette Lafont ... Marie

Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Alexandre
Françoise Lebrun ... Veronika
Isabelle Weingarten ... Gilberte
Jacques Renard ... Alexandre's Friend
Jean-Noël Picq ... Offenbach's Fan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Claude Biette ... Café Les Deux Magots' Customer (uncredited)
Pierre Cottrell ... (uncredited)
Jessa Darrieux ... (uncredited)
Jean Douchet ... Café de Flore's Customer (uncredited)
Douchka ... (uncredited)
Bernard Eisenschitz ... Café de Flore's Customer (uncredited)
Jean Eustache ... Man in Sunglasses in Store (uncredited)
Berthe Granval ... (uncredited)
Caroline Loeb ... (uncredited)
Marinka Matuszewski ... (uncredited)
Geneviève Mnich ... (uncredited)
Noël Simsolo ... Café de Flore's Customer (uncredited)

André Téchiné ... Café Les Deux Magots' Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Eustache 
 
Writing credits
Jean Eustache (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Pierre Cottrell .... executive producer
Vincent Malle .... co-producer: V.M. Productions (uncredited)
Bob Rafelson .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Pierre Lhomme 
 
Film Editing by
Denise de Casabianca 
Jean Eustache 
 
Costume Design by
Catherine 
 
Production Management
Claude Bertrand .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luc Béraud .... assistant director
Rémy Duchemin .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Nara Kollery .... sound mixer
Paul Lainé .... sound recordist
Jean-Pierre Ruh .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michel Cénet .... assistant camera
Pierre Lhomme .... camera operator
Bernard Prim .... still photographer
Jacques Renard .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Monique Prim .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Irina Lhomme .... script girl (as Irène Lhomme)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La maman et la putain" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:217 min | Japan:217 min | UK:215 min | USA:210 min | France:217 min | Portugal:202 min
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Trivia:
This film is based on the real-life relationship between director Jean Eustache and actress Francoise Lebrun (who plays Veronika).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: While reading the book of Gestapo at his friend's home, Alexandre is holding a cigarette in his right hand in the close-up. In the next shot he is only holding the book.See more »
Quotes:
Veronika:[after seeing Alexandre making the bed by jumping with the sheets on top of it] Funny way to make a bed.
Alexandre:I saw it done in a film. Films teach you how to live, how to make a bed.
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Movie Connections:
References A Woman Is a Woman (1961)See more »
Soundtrack:
La Chanson des FortifsSee more »

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11 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Don't be so hard., 31 July 2003
Author: alicec123 from Annapolis, MD

Of all the reviews I've read, most people have been exceedingly hard on Alexandre. Neither Marie or Veronika ever seemed that they would particularly desperate to keep Alexandre, he being only slightly intelligent though not at all intellectual, as most of us are, however hard it may be for anyone to admit. Alexandre is getting away with life perfectly, being totally taken care of, getting and giving what he wants. the girls are allowing this, veronika loves sex, marie is his patron. is there anything wrong with any of this? is anyone in love? really? i don't think so. Though French New Wave cinema is prone to pretension and so on, it is marvelous simply because of its lack of a need for a plot in order to create emotion. Ease is perfectly lovely and all anyone in Alexandre's position, in an urban area can ask for. I'm looking for a patron, anyone interested?

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