A Woman Is a Woman

A Woman Is a Woman

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1961 • France
Starring Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean-Claude Brialy

With A WOMAN IS A WOMAN, compulsively innovative director Jean-Luc Godard presents “a neorealist musical—that is, a contradiction in terms.” Featuring French superstars Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Jean-Claude Brialy at their peak of popularity, A WOMAN IS A WOMAN is a sly, playful tribute to—and interrogation of—the American musical comedy, showcasing Godard’s signature wit and intellectual acumen. The film tells the story of exotic dancer Angéla (Karina) as she attempts to have a child with her unwilling lover Émile (Brialy). In the process, she finds herself torn between him and his best friend Alfred (Belmondo). A dizzying compendium of color, humor, and the music of renowned composer Michel Legrand, A WOMAN IS A WOMAN finds the young Godard at his warmest and most accessible, reveling in and scrutinizing the mechanics of his great obsession: the cinema.

A Woman Is a Woman
  • A Woman Is a Woman

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1961 • France
    Starring Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean-Claude Brialy

    With A WOMAN IS A WOMAN, compulsively innovative director Jean-Luc Godard presents “a neorealist musical—that is, a contradiction in terms.” Featuring French superstars Anna Karina, Jean-Paul...

Extras

  • All the Boys Are Called Patrick

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1957 • France

    A man makes dates with two women on the same day without realizing that they are best friends. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.

  • Qui êtes-vous Anna Karina?

    Presented here are excerpts from a 1966 French television interview with A WOMAN IS A WOMAN actors Anna Karina and Jean-Claude Brialy, and musician and actor Serge Gainsbourg.

  • A WOMAN IS A WOMAN Promotional Recording

    The following audio promotional recording was made for the original 1960s release of A WOMAN IS A WOMAN in a small pressing of 10” vinyl records. It is presented here with an on-screen English translation.