Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1966 • France
Starring Anna Karina, Marianne Faithfull, Jean-Pierre Léaud
With its giddily complex noir plot and color-drenched widescreen images, MADE IN U.S.A was a final burst of exuberance from Jean-Luc Godard’s early sixties barrage of delirious movie-movies. Yet this chaotic crime thriller and acidly funny critique of consumerism—starring Anna Karina as the most brightly dressed private investigator in film history, searching for a former lover who might have been assassinated—also points toward the more political cinema that would come to define Godard. Featuring characters with names such as Richard Nixon, Robert McNamara, David Goodis, and Doris Mizoguchi, and appearances by a slapstick Jean-Pierre Léaud and a sweetly singing Marianne Faithfull, this piece of pop art is like a Looney Tunes rendition of THE BIG SLEEP gone New Wave.
This video program on the intersection of the personal and the political in MADE IN U.S.A and 2 OR 3 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HER features interviews with Jean-Luc Godard biographers Colin MacCabe (“Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy”) and Ricahrd Brody (“Everything is Cinema: The Working Lif...
MADE IN U.S.A, shot almost two years after Jean-Luc Godard and his muse Anna Karina divorced, was the last feature film they would make together. In this 2002 interview, Karina looks back on her work and life with Godard.