A Woman Is a Woman

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A Woman Is a Woman
1961 Une femme est une femme.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Produced by Carlo Ponti
Georges de Beauregard
Written by Jean-Luc Godard
Starring Jean-Claude Brialy
Anna Karina
Jean-Paul Belmondo
Music by Michel Legrand
Cinematography Raoul Coutard
Edited by Agnès Guillemot
Lila Herman
Release date
6 September 1961
Running time
85 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $160,000 (estimated)
Box office 549,931 admissions (France)[1]

A Woman Is a Woman (French: Une femme est une femme) is a 1961 French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, featuring Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Claude Brialy. It is a tribute to American musical comedy and associated with the French New Wave. It is Godard's third feature film (the release of his second, Le Petit Soldat, was delayed by censorship), and his first in color and Cinemascope.


The film centers on the relationship of exotic dancer Angéla (Karina) and her lover Émile (Brialy). Angéla wants to have a child, but Émile isn't ready. Émile's best friend Alfred (Belmondo) also says he loves Angéla, and keeps up a gentle pursuit. Angéla and Émile have their arguments about the matter; at one point, as they have decided not to speak with each other, they pull books from the shelf and, pointing to the titles, continue their argument. Since Émile stubbornly refuses her request for a child, Angéla finally decides to accept Alfred's plea and sleeps with him. Since she shows she will do what she needs to have a child, she and Émile finally make up so that he might have a chance to become the father. The two have sex, then engage in a bit of wordplay that gives the film its title: an exasperated Émile says "Angéla, tu es infâme" ("Angela, you are horrid"), and she retorts, "Non, je suis une femme" ("No, I am a woman").[2]




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