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Tuesday, March 30, 2004:

I just got this from the internet, and what is big news for me is that they are including an interview with Anna Karina, Brialy, and SERGE GAINSBOURG!

Also in a side note Brialy was in a Pierre Kast film with Boris Vian. The connections just get stronger and stronger!

A Woman Is a Woman
The Criterion Collection

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Starring Anna Karina ,Jean-Paul Belmondo ,Jean-Claude Brialy

"Deliriously kooky…staccato bursts of adorable visual jokes, precocious editing and in-crowd movie asides…Godard’s mischief is front and center."

• New digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Raoul Coutard, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
• An early short film by director Jean-Luc Godard
• Qui êtes-vous Anna Karina : Excerpts from a 1966 French television interview with Karina, Brialy, and Serge Gainsbourg
• Collection of A Woman Is a Woman posters from around the world
• Original theatrical trailer
• New essay by film critic J. Hoberman, author of The Dream Life: Movies, Media, and the Mythology of the Sixties
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
• 2.35:1 aspect ratio
• Monaural
With A Woman Is a Woman (Une Femme est une femme ), compulsively innovative director Jean-Luc Godard presents “a neorealist musical, that is, a contradiction in terms.” Featuring French superstars Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Jean-Claude Brialy at their peak of adorability, A Woman Is a Woman is a sly, playful tribute to—and interrogation of—the American musical comedy, showcasing Godard’s signature wit and intellectual acumen. The film tells the story of exotic dancer Angéla (Karina) as she attempts to have a child with her unwilling lover Émile (Brialy). In the process, she finds herself torn between him and his best friend Alfred (Belmondo). A dizzying compendium of color, humor, and the music of renowned composer Michel Legrand, A Woman Is a Woman finds the young Godard at his warmest and most accessible, reveling in and scrutinizing the mechanics of his great obsession— the cinema.
"A Woman Is a Woman is an important stage in the development of modern cinema. It is cinema in its pure form. It is spectacle and the charm of spectacle."
"Not since the most tortured days of Sternberg and Dietrich has the female principle been expressed so triumphantly. Woman employs all the resources of the cinema to express the exquisite agony of heterosexual love."

1961 •France • Runtime 84 min. • Color • DVD •In French with optional English subtitles •

Tosh // 12:13 PM

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