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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
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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: It's not fair. It's always when you're with someone that you're not with them. And vice versa.
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Edited into Bande-annonce de 'Une femme est une femme' (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Chanson d'Angela
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Composed by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Jean-Luc Godard
Performed by Anna Karina
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Playful to the full
14 May 2003 | by Mort-31See all my reviews

Yet Godard made some films which were more intelligent (or included more intelligent people), this one is definitely one of the funniest. Parodizing some aspects of the genre of musical comedy, there is not very much singing and dancing performed on screen, but the dialogues and actions are often quite absurd, or exaggerated, or not quite realistic, just like a song in a musical.

This is why at times it seems that Anna Karina's character is a little dumb, whereas in some dialogues she reminded me of Brigitte Bardot in Le mépris, who is cruel but not at all stupid. Convincing characters are not the most important thing in Une femme est une femme.

Playful camera work, playful use of music. A short and entertaining Godard film (really!), which nevertheless provides masses of material to be interpreted by New Wave lovers.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 September 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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