Vivre Sa Vie (Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection)

Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard Starring: Anna Karina

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Vivre Sa Vie was a turning point for Jean-Luc Godard and remains one of his most dynamic films, combining brilliant visual design with a tragic character study. The lovely Anna Karina, Godard's greatest muse, plays Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress but instead ends up a prostitute; her downward spiral is depicted in a series of discrete tableaux of daydreams and dances. Featuring some of Karina and Godard's most iconic moments -- from her movie theater vigil with The Passion of Joan of Arc to her seductive pool-hall strut -- Vivre Sa Vie is a landmark of the French New Wave that still surprises at every turn.


Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 213887526
UPC 715515057011
UPC 14 00715515057011
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 4/20/2010
Character Study
Essential Cinema
New Wave (Film)
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note MY LIFE TO LIVE is Jean-Luc Godard's political, philosophical and, above all, rapturous portrait of a Parisian prostitute who attempts to take control of her own life and understand the meaning of freedom. Godard's technically audacious film is an invigorating masterpiece that strikingly blends original film techniques with genuine human emotion, including long takes, asymmetrical framing, and jarring inter-titles.^Anna Karina is Nana, a distraught young woman who leaves her husband and child with the hopes of becoming a big-screen actress. Realizing the futility of making her dream a reality, she instead is goaded into prostitution by a persuasive pimp. Nana begins to question the decisions she has made, sparking even greater personal confusion and leading toward an inevitably somber conclusion. The tale is divided into 12 chapters that combine a variety of disparate storytelling genres--ranging from Brechtian to B-movie gangster. MY LIFE TO LIVE is a hallmark of the French New Wave, an example of critic-turned-director Godard at the peak of his craft.
Plot Summary
Summary MY LIFE TO LIVE is a technically audacious film divided into twelve chapters about a woman who voluntarily becomes a prostitute to better understand the meaning of freedom.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "People always look so sad on the subway."--Odile (Anna Karina)
USA Today "...A marvel..." -- 4 out of 4 stars 08/22/1997 p.3D
Sight and Sound "The director coaxes a beautifully expressive performance from Anna Karina..." 05/01/2005 p.87
A.V. Club "[A]s usual for this period in Godard's career, his restless confidence in the language of movies, a language he helped redefine on the fly, smoothes out the patchwork texture. Here, so does the mounting sense of tragedy." -- Grade: A 04/21/2010
Jean-Luc Godard
Anna Karina
Cast & Crew
Guylaine Schlumberger - Star
Monique Messine - Star
Andre S. Labarthe - Star
Anna Karina - Star
Sady Rebbot - Star
Raoul Coutard - Director of Photography
Marcel Sacotte - Source Writer
Michel Legrand - Composer
Jean-Luc Godard - Screenwriter
Pierre Braunberger - Producer
Jean-Luc Godard - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1962
UPC 00715515057011
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 83 minutes
Color B&W
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
French, English, Subtitled, Black & White
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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