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Director: Jean-Luc Godard     Starring: Anna Karina
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 213887526
UPC: 715515057011
UPC 14: 00715515057011
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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 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.


Video Features French, English, Subtitled, Black & White

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/20/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 83 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1962
Video UPC UPC: 00715515057011
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Vivre sa vie (The Criterion Collection) - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Dusty Somers 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 the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Guylaine Schlumberger
Video Cast Info Monique Messine
Video Cast Info Andre S. Labarthe
Video Cast Info Anna Karina
Video Cast Info Sady Rebbot
Video Cast Info Raoul Coutard - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Marcel Sacotte - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Michel Legrand - Composer
Video Cast Info Jean-Luc Godard - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Pierre Braunberger - Producer
Video Cast Info Jean-Luc Godard - Director
Plot 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

"People always look so sad on the subway."----Odile (Anna Karina)

Professional Reviews

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

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