Une femme coquette

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Une femme coquette
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Written by Guy de Maupassant (story)
Jean-Luc Godard
Starring Maria Lysandre
Roland Tolma
Cinematography Jean-Luc Godard
Edited by Jean-Luc Godard
Release date
Running time
9 minutes
Country France
Language French

Une femme coquette (A Flirtatious Woman) (1955) was the first of four short fiction films made by French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard preceding his work in feature-length narrative film.

The short film is based on the story "Le Signe" (The Signal), by Guy de Maupassant. It is a nine-minute story of a woman who decides to copy the gesture she has seen a prostitute make to passing men. Then a young man, played by Roland Tolmatchoff, responds. In Maupassant's original tale the scene takes place indoors, the woman having signaled from her window, but in Godard's revision the characters meet by a bench on the Ile Rousseau in Geneva.[1]


  • Maria Lysandre as The Woman
  • Roland Tolma as The Man

Film data[edit]

  • Runtime: 9 min
  • Country: France
  • Language: French
  • Color: Black and White


  1. ^ Richard Brody, Everything is Cinema, p.34

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