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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 »
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very rewarding. i fell happy. quite a post-punk movie even before the punk. 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)
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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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jean Eustache wrote the role of Alexandre specifically for Jean-Pierre Leaud.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:
Alexandre:I never lose my way when it comes to liquor.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Les Amants de ParisSee more »

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
very rewarding. i fell happy. quite a post-punk movie even before the punk., 24 February 2006
Author: silviu gherman from Bucharest, Romania

this movie is so complex that it can be given any description and still roll with it. you have a insecure, troubled and fascinating main character (played by Jean-Pierre Léaud) who is trapped between two (no, three) women. we listen to his social, philosophical and moral idiosyncrasies in interminable monologues, we see him working his magic around the three women that he loves. this could be the premise for a fowl movie, full of rigid, cold, uninteresting commentaries. yet director Jean Eustache manages to keep it fresh, ironic and witty. being such a long movie, one cannot but burst into laughing when, after 2 hours of speaking politely, Jean-Pierre Léaud all of a sudden screams on the phone while he remembers a cheesy line from a movie. this kind of situations are purely cinematographic and cannot be fully restored in a commentary. nor can someone restore the tragic and painfully beautiful monologue of Françoise Lebrun towards the end of the movie. 3 and 1/2 hours and worthing every minute.

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