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A Woman Is a Woman (1961)

Une femme est une femme (original title)
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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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

In one scene, Angela hands a newspaper to a colleague and asks her to read her the horoscope section, saying she's a Virgo. Anna Karina star sign is in fact from Virgo (born on September 22). 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: What're you thinking?
Angela: Nothing... I think I'm alive.
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Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une vague nouvelle (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Tu t'laisses aller
(uncredited)
Written by Charles Aznavour
Performed by Charles Aznavour with Paul Mauriat et son Orchestre
Conducted and Arranged by Paul Mauriat
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A Jean-Luc Godard musical-comedy
27 January 2002 | by lqualls-dchinSee all my reviews

This is a Jean-Luc Godard musical-comedy, which sounds like a contradiction in terms, a fact which he himself acknowledged. The wide-screen color cinematography by Raoul Coutard is amazing, and the experiments with color are lovely. Anna Karina is incredibly pretty and rather too self-consciously adorable; Jean-Claude Brialy is suavely understated, and Jean-Paul Belmondo is certainly exuberant. There's a lot to recommend, even if it's far from the most successful of early Godard films.


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