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My Life to Live

My Life to Live

A Feature film by Jean-Luc Godard

Produced by Les Films de la Pléiade

Release in France : 20/09/1962


    The film stars Anna Karina, as Nana, a beautiful Parisian in her early twenties who deliberately leaves her husband and her infant son hoping to become an actress. Without money, beyond what she earns as a shopgirl, and unable to enter acting, she elects to earn better money as a prostitiute. Soon she has a pimp, Raoul, who regularises her work. After an unspecified period Raoul agrees to sell Nana to another pimp. During the exchange the pimps fall out and in a gun battle Nana is killed. Nana's short life on film is told in 12 brief episodes each preceded by a written resume. Godard introduces other idiosyncrasies to focus the viewer's attention.

    The divisions of this film are displayed as intertitles on the screen. These are:

    • Tableau one: A bistro - Nana wants to leave Paul - Pinball
    • Tableau two: The record shop - 2000 francs - Nana lives her life
    • Tableau three: The concierge - The passion of Joan of Arc - a journalist
    • Tableau four: The police - Nana is questioned
    • Tableau five: The outer boulevards - the first man - the hotel room
    • Tableau six: Yvette - a café in the suburbs - Raoul - machine gun fire
    • Tableau seven: The letter - Raoul again - the Champs Élysées
    • Tableau eight: Afternoons - money - wash-basins - pleasure - hotels
    • Tableau nine: A young man - Nana wonders if she's happy
    • Tableau ten: The sidewalk - a man - there's no gaiety in happiness
    • Tableau eleven: Place de Chatelet - the stranger - Nana the unwitting philosopher
    • Tableau twelve: The young man again - the oval portrait - Raoul sells Nana

    Source : Wikipedia

    Actors (23)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films de la Pléiade

    French distribution :

    Panthéon Distribution

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Les Films du Jeudi

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    International releases (9)

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    Photos (4)

    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producer :

    Pierre Braunberger

    Author of original work :

    Marcel Sacotte

    Voice-over :

    Jean-Luc Godard

    Sound Recordist :

    Guy Villette

    Assistant Operator :

    Claude Beausoleil

    Editors :

    Agnès Guillemot, Jean-Luc Godard

    Continuity supervisor :

    Suzanne Schiffman

    Director of Photography :

    Charles Bitsch

    Special Effects :

    Jean Fouchet

    Sound Mixer :

    Jacques Maumont

    Assistant directors :

    Bernard Toublanc-Michel, Jean-Paul Savignac

    Screenwriters :

    Jean-Luc Godard, Marcel Sacotte

    Director of Photography :

    Raoul Coutard

    Sound Assistant :

    Jean Philippe

    Production managers :

    Jean-François Adam, Roger Fleytoux

    Sound Editor :

    Lila Lakshmanan

    Music Composer :

    Michel Legrand

    Costume designer :

    Christiane Fageol

    Make-up Artists :

    Simone Knapp, Alexandre, Jacky Reynal

    Production secretary :

    Ida Fassio

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Drama, Portrait

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 25 min

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    Black & White

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    Posters (9)



    Festival Selections (3)

    AFI FEST - 2012

    AFI FEST (United States, 2012)


    Guest Artistic Director

    Telluride International Film Festival - 2011

    Telluride International Film Festival (United States, 2011)


    Guest Directors Program

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1962

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1962)


    Official Competition


    Venice International Film Festival  - 1962

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1962)

    Awards (3)

    Pasinetti Award

    Special Jury Prize

    Jury Grand Prize