A WOMAN IS A WOMAN & MADE IN U.S.A.
Wednesday, August 29
A WOMAN IS A WOMAN
|12:30 4:00 7:30|
(1961, Jean-Luc Godard) Anna Karina, an afternoon stripper in the crummy Zodiac Club, yearns for motherhood, but live-in boyfriend Jean-Claude Brialy “isn’t ready yet,” while hanger-on Jean-Paul Belmondo is more than happy to oblige. Godard’s first in color and Scope, and his nearest approximation of a musical, with cinematic in-jokes and anarchic humor galore. Winner of Berlin Silver Bear for its “originality, youth, audacity and impertinence,” with Karina named Best Actress. 35mm. Approx. 84 min.
“If Karina, Brialy, and Belmondo, the voice of Charles Aznavour and a thrilling glimpse of toplessness in a sleazy strip joint don’t turn you on, then tant pis! for you!”
– Andrew Sarris
MADE IN U.S.A.
|2:15 5:45 9:15|
(1966, Godard) Trench-coated Anna Karina arrives in Atlantic City (apparently a provincial French town) to track down boyfriend Richard Widmark (a character, not the actor), only to find… And then the bodies start dropping, amid encounters with gangster M. Typhus, his nephew David Goodis (a character, not the Shoot the Piano Player author), Goodis’ singing Japanese girlfriend, and a reel-long Hegelian bar bull session. A (very) metaphorical treatment of the murders of JFK and Ben Barka… and Godard’s Karina swan song. With Marianne Faithful and Jean-Pierre Léaud as Donald Siegel (the character, not the Dirty Harry director). 35mm. Approx. 85 min.
“Offers the cinema after Pierrot le fou what Finnegans Wake gave to the novel after Ulysses.”
– Michel Capdenac