Friday, July 04, 2014

A Married Woman

A Married Woman is a 1964 French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. In it a married woman is involved in an affair with an actor who wants her to leave her husband and marry him and have a baby with him. It's a fascinating study of character, identity and choice. It's filmed in black and white.

via youtube:

I found this quote stunning, as a friend of her husband is summing up the story of Auschwitz to the politically/historically uninformed title character:
I'll sum up the story for you. It's a conversation between two Jews... I asked a man on the street in Germany : "What if tomorrow we killed all the Jews and all the hairdressers?" And he replied, "Why the hairdressers?"

The title character: "Yeah, why the hairdressers?"
Wow. Just wow.

DVD Talk says it "serves as a solid introduction for the uninitiated" and closes by saying, "Une Femme Mariée deserves more attention, so go out, get it, watch it, and then tell your friends." DVD Beaver calls it "a work of art for the ages". concludes:
Une Femme Mariée is a sophisticated, confessional, dynamic piece of film-making and a pivotal work from the Godard canon. It is highly recommended to both Godard completists and to those interested in the malleability and potential of the cinematic artform; particularly with regards to its ability to convey truth and its relationship to reality.
This is one of the rare films where Rotten Tomatoes has identical critic/audience scores: 85%.

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