Sunday, June 1, 2014

Film Capsule: Jean-Luc Godard's A Woman Is a Woman (1961)


A Woman is a Woman (1961)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Despite a notoriously oblique approach to cinematic appropriation and dissemination, the New Wave iconoclast would, with this 60s day-glo romp, approach a rare nexus of accessibility and entertainment—territory only sporadically traversed in the decades since. Influenced at once by Gene Kelly and Jacques Demy, and simultaneously in thrall and indifferent to the Hollywood studio model it so playfully evokes, Godard's technicolor homage to the pleasures and perils of marriage, monogamy, and the movie musical is, even at its most infectiously freewheeling, a disarmingly pessimistic meditation on the tenuous bonds of commitment and companionship. It marked the second collaboration between Godard and star Anna Karina, and their first as a couple. They'd divorce less than four years and as many features later. (May 22 at MoMa, part of its Auteurist History of Film series) [The L]

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