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Masculin Féminin (1966)

Masculin féminin (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 22 March 1966 (France)
A romance between young Parisians, shown through a series of vignettes.


Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard, Guy de Maupassant (stories)
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Cast overview:
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Paul - un jeune homme instable
Chantal Goya ... Madeleine Zimmer - une petite chanteuse
Marlène Jobert ... Élisabeth Choquet - la copine de Madeleine
Michel Debord Michel Debord ... Robert Packard - un syndicaliste
Catherine-Isabelle Duport ... Catherine-Isabelle
Evabritt Strandberg ... Elle (la femme dans le film) (as Eva-Britt Strandberg)
Birger Malmsten ... Lui (l'homme dans le film)


Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and disillusioned with civilian life. As his girlfriend builds herself a career as a pop singer, Paul becomes more isolated from his friends and peers ('the children of Marx and Coca Cola', as the credits announce) and their social and emotional politics. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Jean-Luc Godard's Swinging Look at Youth and Love in Paris Today!


Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Due to the portrayal of youth and sex, the film was prohibited to persons under 18 in France - "the very audience it was meant for," griped Jean Luc Godard. See more »


Paul: Let's go. This is stupid.
Catherine-Isabelle: I want to see it.
Elisabeth: Let's go. Eroticism makes me sick.
Catherine-Isabelle: Speak for yourself.
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Crazy Credits

Contrary to what Paul and his friend decide in the laundry mat sequence, Godard points out just before the credits that the word "féminin" does in fact contain another word: "fin" [end]. See more »


Referenced in The Hottest State (2006) See more »


Tu m'as trop menti
Written by Jean-Jacques Debout
Performed by Chantal Goya
Editions de RCA
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The other side of "Salut Les Copains"
3 July 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

It's strange this movie has not a single French comment.More than any Godard movie (I must confess I'm not a Godard fan,by a long shot),this one depicts a world now gone ,the world of the French sixties youth ,of the "Mademoiselle Age Tendre" magazine ,the world where a "pop" singer Chantal Goya used to sing "Si Tu Gagnes Au flipper" ("Should you win if you play pinball,then you've lost my heart ,'cause I know you've dated my best friend" exciting huh?).Every year the trendy girls used to elect their "Mademoiselle Age Tendre" and the winner had tons of presents and had the privilege of dining with Johnny Hallyday,Françoise Hardy and other "pop" stars of the era.Godard shows one of the lucky recipients and for once he displays some humor.Abortion and suicide did not exist in the sixties youth world they (magazines and radios) built for them,but in Godard's flick,they loom in the background.The director makes a tricky use of the words "féminin" and "fin".It's Marlene Jobert's first important part.

You had to be here ,I guess.For people who did not live in France in the sixties ,it is an honest time capsule

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22 March 1966 (France) See more »

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$26,855, 13 February 2005

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