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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

Angela,a striptease artist, wants to have a baby and tries to persuade her boyfriend Emile to go along with the idea. Emile will have none of it so she goes after Emile's friend Alfred. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 September 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Woman Is a Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$160,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,213, 18 May 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$99,658, 14 September 2003
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A favorite film of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as reported by the New York Times. 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

Angela: Would you rather have fish or meat for dinner?
[impatient]
Angela: Emile!
Émile Récamier: Fish.
Angela: What would you have preferred if you were having meat?
Émile Récamier: I dunno. Veal.
Angela: And if you were to have beef rather than veal, would you prefer a steak or a roast?
Émile Récamier: A steak.
Angela: And had you answered roast, would you prefer it rare or well-done?
Émile Récamier: Rare.
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Mahogany Sunrise (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Chanson d'Angela
(uncredited)
Composed by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Jean-Luc Godard
Performed by Anna Karina
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Une bore est une bore
4 May 2000 | by NealSee all my reviews

Not a musical, not a comedy, hardly a tribute to Hollywood movies -- not much of anything, really. I've seen Brigitte Bardot sex farces of the same period that remain fresher, edgier, even more cinematically inventive than this. Aside from "Breathless", isn't it time to admit Godard is among the world's most overrated auteurs? That more than Eric Rohmer or Joseph L Mankiewicz his films are mainly people talking, and the talk is none too scintillating? Wasn't his acclaim more a product of political fashion than artistic achievement? Is formal experimentation such a great virtue when it seems intended less to illuminate than to confound and alienate? Could the sentimental "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" actually be a far more more daring and radical (not to mention entertaining) formal experiment? The shabby-looking Fox Lorber DVD (with pale optically-printed subtitles) doesn't help matters at all.


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