Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

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Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)
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With Masculin féminin, ruthless stylist and iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard introduces the world to “the children of Marx and Coca-Cola,” through a gang of restless youths engaged in hopeless love affairs with music, revolution, and each other. French new wave icon Jean-Pierre Léaud stars as Paul, an idealistic would-be intellectual struggling to forge a relationship with the adorable pop star Madeleine (real-life yé-yé girl Chantal Goya). Through their tempestuous affair, Godard fashions a candid and wildly funny free-form examination of youth culture in throbbing 1960s Paris, mixing satire and tragedy as only Godard can.. criterion.com

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

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. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0060675/plotsummary)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Françoise Hardy

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Juxtaposing images of pristine, romantic innocence with ones of mute, meaningless violence, Godard's Masculin-Féminin first lulls with a hypnotic, disjointed story line and then stuns with scenes of tremendous depth and meaning.

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

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This outrageous film follows the somewhat ineffectual courtship of Madeline, an aspiring pop singer, by Paul, an erstwhile journalist and interviewer but mostly groundless searcher. As in most Godard films, plot mechanics are secondary to elements such as dialog (generally marvelous, but sometimes a bit too pointed), lighting (bizarre and oversaturated, but never less than fascinating), shot framing (extraordinarily thoughtful), and performance.

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Godard allows his camera to linger on single faces, without cutting, for what seems by modern standards to be extremely long segments–perhaps even excruciatingly long–but the remarkably subtle cast members never disappoint, particularly the fantastically adept and frequently hilarious lead actors, Jean-Pierre Léaud and Chantal Goya.

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

The filmmaker has little to add to our collective understanding of the relationship between masculine et feminine writ large; in fact, most of the female characters are uncomfortably stereotypical, framed as either willfully oblivious to the world or subtly (or overtly) deadly. But as an examination of a young generation faced with the prospect of war in Vietnam and the vagaries of French socialism, Masculin-Féminin proves remorselessly and chillingly trenchant. (Amazon.com - Editorial Reviews - Miles Bethany)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Ostensibly basing his film on two stories by Guy de Maupassant, Godard mixes off-the-cuff reportage and mise en scène to create a strikingly honest portrait of youth and sex (in France, the movie was prohibited to persons under 18 — “the very audience it was meant for,” griped Godard – while the Berlin Film Festival named it the year’s best film for young people), with Godard’s camera probing his young actors in a series of verité-style interviews about love, love-making, and politics.
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Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

Jean-Luc Godard - Masculin féminin, 15 faits précis (1966)

More than any other film of Godard’s heyday Masculin, féminin is a time capsule of France and Paris in the 1960s, with references to everyone from Charles de Gaulle and André Malraux to James Bond and Bob Dylan, and — true to the Godard style — filled with jokes, puns and non-sequiturs, the story repeatedly interrupted by seemingly extraneous incidents: a woman blows away her husband; a scene paraphrased from LeRoi Jones’ Dutchman; Brigitte Bardot rehearsing the lines of a play in a bistro; a Swedish sex-cum-art-film-within-a-film, with Léaud stalking off just when things get hot on-screen — going outside to climb the external stairs that lead to the projectionist, where he delivers a lecture on aspect ratio; a pinball arcade where an armed thug gives Léaud a choice between life and death, and surprises the audience with a third alternative; spray-painting anti-war slogans on walls, and more. wikipedia










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