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A Woman Is a Woman (1961)

Une femme est une femme (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 6 September 1961 (France)
A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests that his best friend impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writer:

Jean-Luc Godard
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Émile Récamier (as Brialy)
Anna Karina ... Angela (as Karina)
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Alfred Lubitsch (as Belmondo)
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Storyline

Sometimes, solemn but somehow empty vows of love and devotion are just not good enough, and a simple "I love you" may prove to be insufficient. As a result, Angela, a tall, slender, and graceful exotic dancer, has set her sights on talking her unwilling lover, Émile, into starting a family; however, he seems absorbed with his other passion: cycling. But, Angela wants a child, and she takes no for an answer. Could Alfred Lubitsch, a handsome neighbour and Émile's bosom friend, lend a hand? And, what happens when a pressing demand turns into a misunderstanding, and love transforms into jealousy? Written by Nick Riganas

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

In one scene, Angela is looking at some magazines and one has the star of Zazie dans le metro (1960) in the cover See more »

Goofs

When Angela first meets Alfred on the street, the red and blue armband he wears changes from his right to his left arm between the start and end of the scene See more »

Quotes

Alfred Lubitsch: Make up your minds. I'd hate to miss "BREATHLESS" - it's on T.V.
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Connections

Referenced in 5th World (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Chanson d'Angela
(uncredited)
Composed by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Jean-Luc Godard
Performed by Anna Karina
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With Full Breath
19 October 2004 | by kami_kSee all my reviews

A Woman is a Woman belongs to the period when Godard was playful, uninhibited and really a wild child of the movies. So when he made a musical, in fact he made a childish and free imitation of a musical that at the same time showed, in an Godardian analytic way, how the Hollywood musicals usually depict life and love. In the film characters love and evade committing to love at the same time. There is music by Legrand and spontaneous looking movements which are aspirations to dance but at the same some oblique realism is at work. As with Godard, fantasy and realism interact in a dialectical way so that both seem indistinguishable after a while.

The trio of Brialy, Belmondo and Karina is great but Karina is obviously unique in that she makes the whole subject of performance seem out of place. She is there playing innocent, dumb, inviting, sad etc. and again at the same time she seems NOT THERE as though her mind is some place else. Her big eyes work and shine all the time but they don't give away the character. There is no argue about Godard's style which after so many years and so many innovations in the language of film has remained fresh and unsurpassed in vitality and an acute understanding of "Films as Games" or rather "Life depicted as a game within a game". However watching A Woman is a Woman after some years I still wonder at the their cinematic child: Acting as a sort of being there and being free to feel the film, breathing the air of movies. The plot is as unimportant as it can be. In its place moments show up, little but infinitely joyful moments of adults looking like teenagers amused and fascinated by the thought of being in a musical comedy. Was Godard the biggest daydreamer of the cinema or what?


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Language:

French

Release Date:

6 September 1961 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$160,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,213, 18 May 2003

Gross USA:

$100,665

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,831
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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