Une femme est une femme [1961]

6/10 | 31.Mar.12
Une femme est une femme

DIRECTOR: Jean-Luc Godard | WRITER: Jean-Luc Godard | CAST: Jean-Claude Brialy, Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo | France

Une femme est une femme is Jean-Luc Godard’s loving tribute to Hollywood musicals starring Gene Kelly and choreographed by Bob Fosse (so we’re told) and the conceit is charming for the first 10 minutes. Maybe 15. But once a character started riding his bicycle around the apartment I gave up trying to overlook the dated wacky humor and gimmicky directing (yes, the film gets all funnyspeedyhighlarious when a character walks into a wall on purpose, and yes, the impact of head into wall is punctuated by the ring of a old-fashioned cash register; I laffed and laffed; it’s that kind of film) and just watched the rest of it. On the plus side: the film is beautifully shot and the production design is gorgeous. Another plus: the apartment that Angéla (Anna Karina) and Émile (Jean-Claude Brialy) live in is a dream top floor corner quasi-loft in a charming old Parisian building. I like all three leads (those two plus Belmondo). I like what Godard does with the sound except when I don’t and find it annoying instead. I probably should watch it again.

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