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Masculin, féminin (1966)

Original Title : Masculin féminin: 15 faits précis
Director : Jean-Luc Godard
Writer : Guy de Maupassant
Jean-Luc Godard
Genre : Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Anatole Dauman
Music : Jean-Jacques Debout
Photography : Willy Kurant
Distributor : Art Free
IMDB ID : 0060675
Official site : http://rialtopictures.com/masculine.html
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poster for "Masculin, féminin" by Jean-Luc Godard (1966)
Masculin, féminin (1966) - Jean-Luc Godard
 

Starring

Jean-Pierre Léaud Paul
Chantal Goya Madeleine
Marlène Jobert Elisabeth
Michel Debord Robert
Catherine-Isabelle Duport Catherine-Isabelle
Eva-Britt Strandberg Elle (la femme dans le film
Birger Malmsten Lui (l'homme dans le film
Yves Afonso Man who kills himself (uncredited
Henri Attal Man kissing another man (uncredited
Brigitte Bardot Girl in a couple (uncredited
Antoine Bourseiller Man in a couple (uncredited
Chantal Darget Woman on metro (uncredited
Françoise Hardy La compagne de l'officier américan (uncredited
Med Hondo Man on Metro (uncredited
Elsa Leroy Mlle 19 ans de 'Mademoiselle Age Tendre' (uncredited
Dominique Zardi Man reading magazine (uncredited
 

Plot

Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and dishillusioned with civilian life. As his girlfriend builds herself a career as a pop singer, Paul becomes more isolated from his friends and peers ('the children of Marx and Coca Cola', as the credits announce) and their social and emotional politics.
 

Comments

Not so much a film about women and men than a film about youth rebellion., 8 January 2000 Author: crow-50 from Seattle, WA Godard's film Masculine Feminine filled with random scenes sounds off like the gun shots that appear at the beginning of each of the fifteen scenes. Although the film briefly explores the differences between women and men, Godard spends more time exploring the social problems of the 1960's and the difference between Capitalism and Communism, not to mention his endorsement against the Vietnam War.Violence plays a role here, but a detached one. Two suicides, two homicides and an accidental death occur, but the characters act matter a fact about these occurrences. In fact, the characters react more strongly to events in a movie. It's almost as if the filmmaker is saying that people react emotionally to characters in movies, but remain detached at real life events.On one hand, the pop vocalist character proclaims that she is a member of the Pepsi Generation, but her boyfriend, Paul who is a bit of a revolutionary makes the statement that if a person murders someone it's a crime, but if an army kills 1,000's of people, they're heroes. These two characters get along because they both live in his or her own world and neither tries to pursuade the other to see his or her views. So there is no outer conflict between the two characters.What's most interesting about Masculine Feminine is the way the director shot his actors in single shots creating a documentary style as the characters interview each other about their views on sex, love and politics. Unfortunately only the men had interesting comments about politics while the women leaned towards Capitalism and materialism. I find this a bit sexist.This film was part of the French New Wave and so it is respected for it's innovative departure from films that actually tell stories. However, by taking the camera and sound equipment to the streets, interesting ideas are presented here.I respect Godard for making the films that he wanted to make and for leading the French New Wave Movement, but I wish that I knew the point to this film. I expected a more profound film.
 
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