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  • Comedy
  • Crime/detective
  • 1966
  • Jean-Luc Godard
  • 78 mins
  • 12

Summary

In the near future, leftist writer Paula goes from Paris to the French town of Atlantic-Cité when she learns of the death of a former colleague and lover, Richard P. Is she there to investigate? On the surface, faces are beautiful, colors bright, clothes trendy. Beneath, little is clear: some talk to Paula as if she's Alice in Wonderland, corpses pile up, and ideological struggles insert themselves. A murder victim's nephew and a political party's hired hands hover around Paula. Is obscuring things her goal or is it life that's obscure?

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

There is a story of sorts - Anna Karina on the trail of her lover's killer - but this Jean-Luc Godard movie shows the director moving inexorably and often excitingly away from conventional narrative. As a piece of 1960s pop art, this movie takes some beating but today's viewers, largely unaware of the impact Godard made on world cinema, will soon tire of his playing with the medium, his political slogans and passing thoughts on JFK and the Algerian war. By the time the film was made, Karina and Godard were divorced; this was their final film together.

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Credits

Cast

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Paula NelsonAnna Karina
Richard WidmarkLaszlo Szabo
Donald SiegelJean-Pierre Léaud
David GoodisYves Alfonso
Edgar TyphusErnest Menzer

Crew

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DirectorJean-Luc Godard

Details

Languages
English | French
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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