With Masculin féminin, Jean-Luc Godard introduces the world to “the children of Marx and Coca-Cola,” through a gang of restless youths engaged in hopeless love affairs with music, revolution, and each other. French new wave icon Jean-Pierre Leaud stars as Paul, an idealistic would-be intellectual struggling to forge a relationship with the adorable pop star Madeleine (real-life teenager star Chantal Goya). Through their tempestuous affair, Godard fashions a candid and wildly funny free-form examination of youth culture in throbbing 1960s Paris, mixing satire and tragedy as only Godard can. —The Criterion Collection
The lynchpin of the French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard was arguably the most influential filmmaker of the postwar era. Beginning with his groundbreaking 1959 feature debut A Bout de Souffle, Godard revolutionized the motion picture form, freeing the medium from the shackles of its long-accepted cinematic language by rewriting the rules of narrative, continuity, sound, and camera work. Later in his career, he also challenged the common means of feature production, distribution, and exhibition, all in an effort to subvert the conventions of the Hollywood formula to create a new kind of film.
Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children. After receiving his primary education in Nyon, Switzerland – during World War II, he became a naturalized Swiss citizen – he studied ethnology at the Sorbonne, but spent the vast majority of his days at the Cine-Club du Quartier Latin, where he first met fellow film fanatics Francois Truffaut and Jacques Rivette. In May… read more
The long takes...the brilliant acting and the slow pace make this movie. By a half hour in I was ready for it to end but by the 50 minute mark or so you retrospectively appreciate that first 30 minutes and get sucked into the mesmerizing flow of the movie. The long takes focusing on the women and their femininity struck me especially. Very, very good film.
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Jean-Luc Godard said once that he “mixes images and sounds like a scientist,” and this is true. His films are always an experiment of some kind, and with Masculin Féminin, Godard attempts… read review
This film seems to be almost completely opposite in mood to any other Godard film I’ve seen, and left me kind of confused and cold. But that was about a month ago, and since then, I’ve been thinking… read review