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A Woman Is a Woman

Une femme est une femme

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
France, Italy, 1961
Comedy, Romance, Drama


Exotic dancer Angela attempts to have a child with her unwilling lover Emile. But Alfred, Emile’s best friend who is in love with Angela, is happy to be a father. Angela loves Emile and refuses Alfred’s advances, but leads Emile to believe that she is infatuated with his friend.

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A Woman Is a Woman Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
One of Godard’s funniest pictures, the film rattles off gag after gag with a machine-gun frequency that recalls the screwballs the director worshipped, a frequency that would leave contemporary comedies in the dust.
July 31, 2013
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There are a couple of absurdly nonchalant song-and-dance sequences, though mostly, Michel Legrand’s sumptuous music swells in anticipation of showstoppers that never happen. And in the center of it all there’s Karina, the most enduring of the New Wave’s new women, decked out in one costume more gaudily Technicolor than the next, shimmering like a rainbow lollipop.
August 20, 2003
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Never heavy-handed, the film defies genre-placement. This subversive musical celebrates female empowerment and takes sly jabs at Hollywood film conventions. Godard’s use of music is at its best here, not to be rivaled until the impeccable, metallic soundscape of Alphaville.
August 14, 2001
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