Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 6: Wed Jan 6

Une femme est une femme (Godard, 1961): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 8.45pm


The BFI are running a major season devoted to Jean-Luc Godard from January to March. This film also screens on January 1st and 9th. Details here.

For the director's early years' output I'm using this article by David Parkinson as a guide and choosing his selections for the Capital Celluloid picks in the first week of the year

Chicago Reader review:
Jean-Luc Godard's third feature and first studio production (1960) starts with a subversive premise: a “neorealist” musical in which the major characters (Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, and Jean-Claude Brialy) can't really sing and dance, much as they'd like to. Periodically ravishing to look at (it's Godard's first foray into both color and 'Scope) and listen to (Michel Legrand did the nonsinging score), it's also highly deconstructive in the way it keeps jostling us away from these pleasures and in the general direction of indecorous reality. (It's also packed with both subtle and obvious references to other movies.) While its slender plot (stripper Karina wants a baby and turns to Belmondo when her boyfriend Brialy won't oblige her) can irritate in spots, the film's high spirits may still win you over. It's perhaps most memorable for being a highly personal “documentary” about Karina and Godard's feelings about her at the time, brimming with odd details and irreverent energies.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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