"A Woman is a Woman"
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
"I conceived this
film within the framework of a neo-realist musical: an absolute contradiction, but
that's the way I wanted to make the film," said Godard. Godard's closely-knit texture
of small bistros, striptease joints, political suspicion and conjugal wavering is
constantly violated in its naturalistic surface, not just by the comic turns of the plot,
but by Godard's reminders not only that the film is a performance, but that the projected
images are themselves illusory: "The film has a beauty that is brash and pathetic,
like splintered colored glass, fragments that somehow compose a picture while refusing to
hold together: musical, sad, uproarious, definitely frail" (Edgardo Cozarinsky).
French with English subtitles.