Vivre Sa Vie (Blu-ray) (1962)
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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.|
Editor's NoteMY 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.
Vivre sa vie (The Criterion Collection) - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Dusty Somers Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 4/20/2010 5:56 AM
|The folks at Criterion sure do love themselves some Jean-Luc Godard, and with their 11th release from the French New Wave grand master, audiences are treated to Godard’s fourth film, the enchanting and moving Vivre sa vie (My Life to Live). Starring Godard’s muse and wife at the time, Anna Karina, Vivre sa vie documents the life of a Parisian woman who descends into prostitution, but finds herself opened up to a new way of experiencing life. Four films into a cinema-altering career, Godard was continuing to push the boundaries of what film could accomplish, but Vivre sa vie also serves as a stirring counterexample to many frequent and often misguided criticisms of his work....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Andre S. Labarthe|
|Raoul Coutard - Director of Photography|
|Marcel Sacotte - Source Writer|
|Michel Legrand - Composer|
|Jean-Luc Godard - Screenwriter|
|Pierre Braunberger - Producer|
|Jean-Luc Godard - Director|
Plot SummaryMY 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.
|"People always look so sad on the subway."----Odile (Anna Karina)|