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Masculine Feminine

Masculine Feminine

A Feature film by Jean-Luc Godard

Produced by Argos Films, Anouchka Films

Release in France : 22/03/1966


    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.

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    Actors (16)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Argos Films, Anouchka Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Foreign production companies :

    SF Studios (Sweden), Sandrews

    French distribution :

    NEF Diffusion

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    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.

    Source : Wikipedia

    Photos (3)

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Anatole Dauman

    Author of original work :

    Guy de Maupassant

    Screenwriter :

    Jean-Luc Godard

    Production Manager :

    Philippe Dussart

    Editors :

    Agnès Guillemot, Marguerite Houllé-Renoir

    Assistant directors :

    Jacques Henri Barratier, Bernard Toublanc-Michel

    Sound Recordist :

    René Levert

    Director of Photography :

    Willy Kurant

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Christine Brierre

    Music Composer :

    Jean-Jacques Debout

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :


    Sub-genre :

    Drama, Romance

    Themes :

    Violence, Murder, Suicide, War

    Production language :

    French, Swedish, English

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Sweden

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Sweden)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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    Color type :

    Black & White

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    Posters (6)


    Selections (2)


    Berlin International Film Festival - 1966

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1966)

    Awards (3)

    Silver Bear for Best Actor : Jean-Pierre Léaud

    Youth Film Award - Honorable Mention

    Interfilm Award - Honorable Mention