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Masculine Feminine

Masculine Feminine

A Feature film by Jean-Luc Godard

Produced by Argos Films, Anouchka Films, Sandrews, Svensk Filmindustri AB

Release in France : 22/03/1966

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Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and dishillusioned with civilian life. As his girlfriends builds herself a career as a pop singer, Paul becomes more isolated from his friends and peers (the children of Marx and Coca Cola', as the credits announce) and their social and emotional politics.


Masculin, féminin is a 1966 black-and-white French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard.

The film stars French New Wave icon Jean-Pierre Léaud as Paul, a romantic young idealist and literary lion-wannabe who chases budding pop star, Madeleine (Chantal Goya, a real life Yé-yé girl). Despite markedly different musical tastes and political leanings, the two soon become romantically involved and begin a ménage à quatre with Madeleine's two roommates, Catherine (Catherine-Isabelle Duport) and Elisabeth (Marlène Jobert).

Ostensibly basing his film on two stories by Guy de Maupassant, Godard creates a strikingly honest portrait of youth and sex (in France, the movie was prohibited to persons under 18 — "the very audience it was meant for," griped Godard — while the Berlin Film Festival named it the year's best film for young people). The camera probes the young actors in a series of vérité-style interviews about love, love-making, and politics.

Masculin, féminin is a notable film within Godard's 60s period of filmmaking, and is considered by critics as representative of 1960s France and Paris. The film contains references to various pop culture icons and political figures around that time, such as Charles de Gaulle and André Malraux to James Bond and Bob Dylan, and follows Godard's non-linear filmmaking techniques and narratives. The main story is at times interrupted by various sequences and sub-plots, including a scene paraphrased from LeRoi Jones’ Dutchman.

Arguably the most famous quotation from the film is "This film could be called The Children of Marx and Coca-Cola", which is actually an intertitle between chapters.

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Full credits (10)

Executive Producer :

Anatole Dauman

Author of original work :

Guy de Maupassant

Director of Photography :

Willy Kurant

Production Manager :

Philippe Dussart

Editors :

Agnés Guillemot, Marguerite Houllé-Renoir

Assistant directors :

Jacques Henri Barratier, Bernard Toublanc-Michel

Screenwriter :

Jean-Luc Godard

Sound Recordist :

René Levert

Press Attaché (film) :

Christine Brierre

Music Composer :

Jean-Jacques Debout

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Drama, Romance

Themes :

Violence, Murder, Suicide, War

Production language :

French, Swedish, English

Coproducer countries :

France, Sweden

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Majority French (France, Sweden)

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Runtime :

1 h 50 min

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Black & White

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Festival Selections

Berlin International Film Festival - 1966

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1966)


Official Competition


Berlin International Film Festival - 1966

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1966)

Awards (3)

Interfilm Award - Honorable Mention

Youth Film Award - Honorable Mention

Silver Bear for Best Actor : Jean-Pierre Léaud