Masculin féminin: 15 faits précis [1966]

24Mar12 – 8 – Masculin féminin: 15 faits précis (Jean-Luc Godard: 1966)

What’s age got to do with it? A lot. MASCULIN FÉMININ (1966) was the film that convinced me 30 something years ago that I couldn’t stand Godard. Idiots spouting pretentious blather that even they don’t understand all the time, meaningless political stances taken against The (American) Man, everyone is serious about Life, the Meaning of: it just got on my nerves. It takes being on the far side of…let’s say 23, and not someone only a little older than the characters in the fi

lm to get it: these are kids who although they may legally be adults are still kids (Léaud could pass for 16 in most of this) and they don’t know what they’re talking about or even what they should be thinking about most of the time. Is there a word for this between teenagerhood and adulthood period the way there is for ‘tweens? Well, whatever they’re called, they’re a universal and Godard nails ’em. Once I got over *that* hurdle the rest of the movie really opened up for me. 8/10. [3/24/12]

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  1. […] impressed with Eustache’s first film that he gave him B&W 35mm film stock left over from Masculin Féminin to shoot this film; I only wish the print I saw had been better. If I have a problem with the film […]


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