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Vivre sa vie

Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
France, 1962


Jean-Luc Godard’s most vivid and intimate collaboration with his wife and muse Anna Karina, the filmmaker begins what will become a career obsession with the relationship between prostitution and the cinema.

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Vivre sa vie Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Godard, like Oshima, is a pillar of visceral, astringent filmmaking. In My Life to Live, his then-wife, legendary muse Anna Karina, shines as Nana, an aspiring actress who, instead of pursuing success in cinema, drifts into a life of vagrancy and prostitution.
March 01, 2017
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Locked down from the first frame, the physical form of Anna Karina (playing the prostitute Nana) is Godard’s greatest impenetrable object, his objective made clear by an eight year-old’s poem: “take away the exterior and you have the interior. Takes away the interior and you see the soul.” Photographed nakedly… and surrounded by a clean, bright mise-en-scène, Karina’s visage poses a challenge, a Bressonian model totally Godardified.
March 02, 2016
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La putain sacrée and how to photograph her, a twelve-part treatment. Start from the back and work inwards, says Jean-Luc Godard, Nana at the bistro counter is a Magritte obfuscation until a reflection in the background mirror reveals Anna Karina’s pensive visage. “Take away the outside and the inside is left, take away the inside and you see the soul,” a child’s rewording of Montaigne.
December 14, 2015
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