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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

Certificate:

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Trivia

According to a May 12, 1960 article, Godard wanted Brigitte Bardot for the role of Angela, but the actress was not available, therefore he chose Anna Karina. 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: Oh, yes - "SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER." Did you see the film? Aznavour's a genius.
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Connections

References Breathless (1960) 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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Godard knows what cinema is and this is cinema.
14 December 2002 | by anirak_annaSee all my reviews

This movie is often advertised as a musical. It's not. It's Jean-Luc Godard's world, filled with vibrant blues and reds, bogaurd cigarettes, and cinema fantasies, shown through the eyes of Anna Karina. Karina plays a stripper, but unlike the other girls, she dances and sings as if she were in a musical choreographed by Bob Fosse. Raoul Cotard's cinerama camera follows her through Paris as we expiriance her flirtation's with her lover's best friend (played by Jean Paul Belamondo who also costars with Karina in 'Pierette le Fou' and starred in Godard's first film, A bout de scoffule) and argues with her lover about whether they should have a child and how awful the opposite sex is. They love eachother deeply, but can't stand eachother. In my experiance this IS love...or the closest thing humans can get to love. Godard keeps us completley out of the film by constantly reminding us that THIS IS A FILM. Anna Karina winks at the camera, breaks into song, the actors are staged unrealistically. This is what makes Jean-Luc Godard great. No matter how hard he tried to obtain realism in his first film, it was still a film and this is one of Godard's subliminal messages to the audience. Fun, charming, cinematic, and beautiful--a woman is a woman is a fine piece of cinema.


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Language:

French

Release Date:

6 September 1961 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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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:

$100,665
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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