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Vivre Sa Vie

Vivre Sa Vie

Jean-Luc Godard (1961)

79min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
Jean-Luc Godard's New Wave masterpiece concerns a prostitute who maintains a sort of spiritual integrity before falling victim to gangsters. Abandoning conventional narrative, Godard offers the story as 12 chapters and names his heroine Nana, after Zola's heroine; he also has her go to the cinema to see Carl Theodor Dreyer's legendary silent classic about another martyr, Joan of Arc. The then frank depiction of sex earned the film a certain notoriety, not to mention the application of the British censor's scissors. Now, though, what's most noticeable is Godard's technique and cameraman Raoul Coutard's luminous filming of Anna Karina, who had just become the director's wife and here gives a marvellous performance.

Summary

Nana leaves her husband and infant son hoping to find fame as an actress, but when she runs out of money her dream of becoming a film star collapses and she drifts into prostitution. Jean-Luc Godard's drama, starring Anna Karina. In French.

Cast & Crew

Nana Kleinfrankenheim Anna Karina
Raoul Sady Rebbot
Paul André S Labarthe
Yvette Guylaine Schlumberger
Cook Gérard Hoffman
Elizabeth Monique Messine
Journalist Paul Pavel
Voice Jean-Luc Godard
Philosopher Brice Parain
Director Jean-Luc Godard
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitles Black and White Theatrical distributor: Miracle Films Ltd Guidance: Brief sex scenes, nudity. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 19 Jul 2002

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