Godard is working at the height of his stylistic and comedic talents. The fights with the book covers and the pose contests are fun and ridiculous. This film misses perfection for me though because Karina's character's immediate desire for a baby (though perhaps edgy at its time for being out of wedlock) comes off as a bit too silly. As an unapologetic woman flaunting her sexuality though, she is a great character.
A revoir Une femme est une femme, on se demande pourquoi cette folie a disparu du cinéma. Où est-elle passée ? Que nous est-il arrivé pour que nous ne sachions plus faire des films pareils à ceux-ci ? Pourquoi le réalisme a-t-il tout colonisé pour ne produire rien d'autre que de l'ennui. Où s'est enfuie la poésie ?...
A woman is a woman is a woman. Is a masterpiece. I can't remember the last time i had so much simple fun watching a movie, and I'm sure the cast and crew had just as much of a blast making it (hopefully)...a series of romantic, comic, musical, visual ellipses, like the battle of the sexes explored by Duchamp...superlatives galore!
Godard's most charming film, and perhaps Karina's best role (Pierrot Le Fou is close for me). The musical numbers all sparkle, and Belmondo provides great support. Probably the most instantly enjoyable Godard outside of Breathless, its a shame the criterion went OOP. Oh well. When you see it, you'll never forget it. 5 easy stars
Godard, for me, is hit or miss. This one is a semi-hit. I like, as usual his palette of primary colors & Ana Karina. And that this "musical" has zero singing, but in fact functions instead as an exaggerated sporadic soundtrack, serving to supplement the dialog. Clever, but the plot itself & the characters were its weak points
I will probably continue to watch this movie throughout my life. Seeing it first when I was 16, and again ten years later, I can see clearly how this film influenced me over the years. This film introduced me Anna Karina's radiant beauty as well as Godard's groundbreaking style, and their chemistry is obviously explosive! It is a film so full of joy and beauty, but also melancholy and reflection. I love it so much!
This film is magical. Iconic even for Godard. The pacing of the wit is blistering slipping in jokes and moving along yet still finding time to literally wink to the camera. It is remarkably rewarding for the audience. It bends genres and forms new ones. All the while it hits on gender roles decades ahead of its time. It is a rare film that is able to encompass seemingly everything. Everyone moment is perfection.
Pretty thin plot-wise, but the delicious, witty dialogue and playful acting by the three lead characters carry the film. Wonderfully sly meta references to various story genres. Loved the sets and costumes with the red, white, and blue theme. Loved the silent book cover conversations. Loved Belmondo saying he had to get home to watch "Breathless" on TV.