Masculin Feminin (English Subtitles)
Jean-Luc Godard's Swinging Look at Youth and Love in Paris Today!
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- Interviews with Goya and Kurant
- Trailers for the Original Theatrical Release and the 2005 Rerelease
- New and Improved English Subtitle Translation
- 16-page Booklet
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: September 20, 2005
- Originally Released: 1966
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: This release is a new, restored High-Definition digital transfer with new and improved optional English subtitles.
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Mono - French
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Chantal Goya - Actress (2005)
- Willy Kurant - Cinematographer
- Jean-Pierre Gorin - Notable French Director/Godard Contemporary
- Essay: by Film Scholar Adrian Martin
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Catherine-Isabelle Duport & Chantal Goya|
|Directed by||Jean-Luc Godard|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"My speech doesn't reflect the depth of my thoughts."
- Paul (Jean-Pierre Leaud)
Rating: 76/100 -- Masculin Feminin is a film about young people set adrift in an uncertain, violent consumerist world of pop cultural influences without the social and intellectual mooring necessary to find their way through the morass Full Review
Rating: 4/4 -- May not have aged any better than Godard's other films of the period, but that doesn't mean Paul and company don't continue to ask questions and spout the opinions of the newly enlightened.
Detroit Free Press
Its parodies and satires are recklessly inventive, and its fundamental pessimism isn't as flip as it may at first seem. Full Review
Masculin, Féminin is a feisty experiment, and yet not what Godard truly wanted to do with the medium. But this, perversely, makes for a fresh, deeply stimulating and, arguably, more watchable film. Full Review
As always with Godard, one argues and, dissents. But the film fascinates even where it repels. Full Review
Godard's "interview with a Consumer Product" is one of the things that stops Masculine-Feminine from being the yé-yé movie some buffs would prefer. Full Review
3 stars out of 4 -- [B]lack and white doesn't get much better than this...
Description by OLDIES.com:
With Masculin Feminin, 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 Leaud stars as Paul, an idealistic would-be intellectual struggling to forge a relationship with the adorable pop star Madeleine (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.
A film about "the children of Marx and Coca Cola" directed by the child of Brecht and Hollywood, MASCULINE-FEMININE is a touchstone in the career of Jean-Luc Godard, a window into the kinetic world of Paris in the 1960s, and a high point in the cinema of the French New Wave. It chronicles the love affair between Paul (Jean-Pierre Leaud), a young zealot with revolutionary leanings, and Madeleine (Chantal Goya), a fetching pop singer. Their relationship gradually breaks down as the two attempt to bridge their differences, albeit unsuccessfully (he likes Bob Dylan, she is only interested in the top 40). Along the way, they discuss current world culture and politics with their friends, and encounter a variety of bizarre individuals who only serve to exacerbate the youthful confusion of both Paul and Madeleine. One of Godard's most insightful films, MASCULINE-FEMININE represents a search for tenderness, and is, at the same time, an unsettling illumination of the Battle of the Sexes. By casting legitimate pop sensation Goya in the lead role, Godard threatened to date his film, taking into account the speed with which pop singers are replaced. Luckily for him, Goya is an engaging screen presence whose mere appearance is enough to keep things interesting.
Two young lovers attempt to communicate throughout fifteen discontinuous, contrapuntal vignettes in MASCULINE-FEMININE, the first film of Godard's agitprop, Brechtian cycle, notable for its self-reflexivity and use of alienating technical effects, such as inter-titles and flash frames.
Romance | Social Issues | Satire | Showbiz | New Wave (Film) | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- Shot on location in Paris, France.
- Chantal Goya was a popular singing sensation in France when Godard recruited her to star in his film.
- Co-produced by Anouchka Films (France). Copyright 1966, Argos Films.
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