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A Woman Is A Woman

By Bret McCabe | Posted 2/4/2009

Stripper Angela (Anna Karina) wants to have a baby with her reluctant boyfriend Émile (Jean-Claude Brialy) in Jean-Luc Godard's temperamentally self-aware 1961 drama, and considers turning to Alfred (Jean-Paul Belmondo) instead. A Woman is a Woman calls itself a "neorealist musical," but it's more an early experiment in Godard's evolving pop and anti-pop sensibilities. The Michel Legrand score is as fragmented as the storytelling, the improvised dialog allusions are as fickle as the visual ones, and the pseudo-romantic storyline itself meanders--even for a filmmaker as in love with the distracting tangent as Godard. As an early peek--Woman was Godard's third feature--at a director's evolving obsessions and filmmaking fits and starts, it's rather provocative.

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