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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.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writers:

Jean-Luc Godard, Guy de Maupassant (stories)

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Cast

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 Duport ... Catherine-Isabelle
Evabritt Strandberg ... Elle (la femme dans le film) (as Eva-Britt Strandberg)
Birger Malmsten ... Lui (l'homme dans le film)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Rialto Pictures

Country:

France | Sweden

Language:

French | Swedish | English

Release Date:

22 March 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Masculin Féminin See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,855, 13 February 2005

Gross USA:

$200,380

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$200,380
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Elisabeth: Move your behind, Madeleine.
Madeleine Zimmer - une petite chanteuse: Don't say "behind." Say "bottom."
Paul: Not "bottom." "Buns."
Elisabeth: No, you say "butt."
Paul: No, "Bum."
Madeleine Zimmer - une petite chanteuse: "Heinie."
Elisabeth: "Moons."
Paul: "Rear end."
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in 2 Days in Paris (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Comment le revoir
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Written by Jean-Jacques Debout
Performed by Chantal Goya
Editions de RCA
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beautiful
6 March 2002 | by paranoidandroid-1See all my reviews

I can't get over how beautiful this film is. First, Leaud gives such a wonderful performance, and its humor is easily overlooked; his face, in certain scenes, has an aloof, unsuspecting, and innocent quality, that it ads to his confusion-we wonder how he can be involved in something as serious as the communist party. He travels through his life with a sort of on-purpose, slash, accidental attitude that I can never quite explain. Then, there's Madelaine. Madelaine, with her jet black hair, confusion of love vs. sexuality, and striking beauty, represents everything I love about the women of the French New Wave. Very insecure, but, at the same time, they have definite plans and agendas. Finally, with all of the political and social commentary, it's easy to overlook just how visually beautiful the film is. The two protagonists, in bed, unsure of what to make of their intimate situation. They're so close, so attracted to each other, and Godard puts them in such a beautiful composition and lighting that it almost seems saccharine, but they still don't know what to make of it.


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