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Vivre Sa Vie (1962)

Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 September 1962 (France)
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Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writers:

Marcel Sacotte (book), Jean-Luc Godard (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Karina ... Nana Kleinfrankenheim
Sady Rebbot Sady Rebbot ... Raoul (as Saddy Rebbot)
André S. Labarthe André S. Labarthe ... Paul
Guylaine Schlumberger Guylaine Schlumberger ... Yvette (as G. Schlumberger)
Gérard Hoffman Gérard Hoffman ... Le chef
Monique Messine ... Elisabeth
Paul Pavel Paul Pavel ... Journaliste
Dimitri Dineff Dimitri Dineff ... Dimitri
Peter Kassovitz Peter Kassovitz ... Jeune homme (as Peter Kassowitz)
Eric Schlumberger Eric Schlumberger ... Luigi (as E. Schlumberger)
Brice Parain Brice Parain ... Le philosophe
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Arthur (as Henri Atal)
Gilles Quéant Gilles Quéant ... Premier client
Odile Geoffroy Odile Geoffroy ... La serveuse de café
Marcel Charton Marcel Charton ... L'agent de police
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Storyline

This film explores a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. The movie is comprised of a series of 12 "tableaux"-- scenes which are basically unconnected episodes, each presented with a worded introduction. Written by Alan Katz <katz@panther.middlebury.edu>

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Taglines:

The many faces of a woman trying to find herself in a world of men.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 September 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

My Life to Live See more »

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Budget:

$64,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored integral)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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The Philosopher: An instant of thought can only be grasped through words.
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Soundtracks

Ma môme
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Written by Jean Ferrat and Pierre Frachet
Sung by Jean Ferrat
Conducted by Alain Goraguer
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One of the best movies ever
20 September 2000 | by mdamien13See all my reviews

The French New Wave remains one of the finest movements in film history. Jean-Luc Godard was one of the most innovative filmmakers to emerge from this movement, and Vivre sa vie is one of the best films ever. Long before the Hong Kong cinema proved substance could be downplayed with style, Godard was doing it. The film's plot follows a woman's descent into prostitution, but the story isn't what people will talk about after viewing the film. Godard breaks every Hollywood rule and pulls it off nicely.

If you want to see the conventions of Hollywood broken and a true auteur at work, rent Vivre sa vie.


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