Thursday, November 08, 2007

A Woman is a Woman: Part I in the Godard Director's Series

OFFScreen Presents
A Woman is a Woman (Une Femme est Une Femme)
a film by Jean-Luc Godard
Italy/France, 1961 - 84 min.
Sunday, November 11
7:00 & 9:30 PM
Newcomb Hall Theater
Tickets $3

Jean-Luc Godard's third feature is the virtuosic director's sardonic take on a (neorealist) movie musical. Subverting and expanding the genre, JLG and longtime cinematographer Raoul Coutard fill the widescreen frame with bold colors and postmodern axioms in giant lettering. Youthfully playful and formally experimental, the film follows Parisian stripper Angela, played by Anna Karina (Mrs. Godard at the time). Bored with her career of disrobing, Angela decides she wants a baby in the next 24 hours. Her boyfriend is less enthusiastic, so Angela starts eyeing his best friend, played by Jean-Paul Belmondo. Cinematic in-jokes and spur of the moment musical numbers create a smartly eccentric, smirkingly Godardian "celebration of romance, sentiment, musical comedy, color film, the city of Paris, and the abundant charms of Ms. Karina." (A.O. Scott, New York Times)

Click here to read A.O. Scott's full review.

Also, be sure to join us the following week for a discussion of Godard's work with Ari Blatt, an Assistant Professor in the French Dept, following the 7pm screening of Pierrot le Fou!

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