A Woman is a Woman / Une femme est une femme

 Nudity & coarse language

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Cast: Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Nicole Paquin, Jeanne Moreau
Country: France, Italy
Language: French with English subtitles
Year of production: 1961
Genre: Sérénade à trois
Duration: 84 min
Festivals: Berlin International Film Festival 1961
Awards: Berlin 1961 — Silver Bear for Best Actress, Silver Bear Extraordinary Jury Prize

“There’s more vitality, more reckless love of the cinema, in any one scene than in a dozen current films.” Culture Vulture

Synopsis

A Woman Is a Woman tells the story of the fraught relationship between Angela, an exotic dancer, and her boyfriend Émile. Angela’s overwhelming desire to have a child causes endless arguments between the two. In the face of Émile’s resistance, Angela gives him an ultimatum, threatening to turn to Émile’s lovesick friend Alfred to father her child.

The traditional concept of the battle of the sexes is subverted in a work which refuses to be pigeonholed by expectations of genre. Simultaneously a musical, romance, comedy and drama, the film crosses borders of genre and plays with concepts of absurdity to create a uniquely enjoyable viewing experience. A particular highlight is the interpretation by Anna Karina (at the time married to director Jean-Luc Godard) of the tenacious and single-minded Angela. Filled with clever references to other cinematic works of the time, Godard’s A Woman Is a Woman is both a nostalgic presentation of the 1960s cinema scene and an individual genre success in its own right. A true jewel of 1960s Nouvelle Vague cinema.
Bringing A Woman Is a Woman back to the big screen this year is an opportunity to showcase the work of one of New Wave’s most influential directors. Godard’s unique style of filmmaking with the mix of genre, improvisation, play with text, image and colours continues to inspire modern filmmakers such as Michel Hazanavicius who renders a beautiful homage to Godard’s work in his Redoubtable.

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AUCKLAND – RIALTO CINEMAS NEWMARKET
Mon 5 March 2:30 pm
Sun 18 March 11:30 am

AUCKLAND – BERKELEY CINEMAS TAKAPUNA
Sun 4 March 10:30 am
Fri 16 March 12:30 pm

CHRISTCHURCH – HOYTS RICCARTON
Sun 11 March 1:50 pm
Mon 19 March 4:00 pm

WELLINGTON – EMBASSY THEATRE
Sun 11 March 10:30 am D
Mon 19 March 6:15 pm E*
* Includes introduction in partnership with Wellington Film Society

NEW PLYMOUTH – EVENT CINEMAS
Tue 13 March 2:30 pm

NELSON – SUTER THEATRE
Mon 19 March 6:00 pm
Includes introduction in partnership with Nelson Film Society

TIMARU – MOVIE MAX DIGITAL
Mon 19 March 12:00 pm

TAURANGA – RIALTO CINEMAS
Sun 25 March 1:00 pm

HAVELOCK NORTH – EVENT CINEMAS
Sun 25 March 1:30 pm

DUNEDIN – RIALTO CINEMAS
Sun 1 April 4:20 pm

HAMILTON – LIDO CINEMA
Mon 2 April 8:30 pm

ARROWTOWN – DOROTHY BROWNS
Wed 11 April 11:00 am
Fri 13 April 1:00 pm

PALMERSTON NORTH – EVENT CINEMAS
Mon 9 April 6:10 pm

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre

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