Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A Fun Nouvelle Vague Musical

by Jean-Luc Godard

With Une Femme est Une Femme Jean-Luc Godard has fun with the musical. It’s a lot of intellectual fun with singing, dancing and Anna Karina. But with Godard he doesn’t just make a film, he also makes a film about cinema and he plays with the conventions of filmmaking to always let you know that you are watching a movie. The musical soundtrack will come in and out depending on what the characters are saying. People talk to the camera and wink at us. There are tons of references to the early New Wave films and Jeanne Moreau shows up to tell Belmondo that things are going well with the shooting of Jules et Jim. There are some great scenes that are silent as well where characters communicate using titles from stacks of books that they choose from a bookcase. It’s technically impressive, playful and fun for cinephiles.

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