Masculin Feminin (1966)
Critic Consensus: A '60s time capsule stuffed with ideas about politics, pop culture, and the battle of the sexes, Masculine-Feminine is one of Godard's classic black-and-white films.
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as Madeleine Zimmer
as Elisabeth Choquet
as Robert Packard
as Miss 19
as Woman with the American Officer
as Woman on Metro
as Brigitte Bardot's Partner
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Using neither crime nor the romance of crime but a simple romance for a kind of interwoven story line, Godard has, at last, created the form he needed. It is a combination of essay, journalistic sketches, news and portraiture, love lyric and satire.
Its parodies and satires are recklessly inventive, and its fundamental pessimism isn't as flip as it may at first seem.
May not have aged any better than Godard's other films of the period, but that doesn't mean Paul and company don't continue to ask questions and spout the opinions of the newly enlightened.
This is the Godard that fans would like to take to the grave: jaundiced, naughty, immediate, very much alive.
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You can almost feel Godard's sexist disdain towards female ignorance in a society that he clearly criticizes as completely plunged in consumerism, pop culture and alienation, but at the same time he curiously shows us how he is aware of his intellectual arrogance as well.
Masculine Feminine is of popular culture, youth, love, and sex from Jean-Luc Godard starring French New Wave icon Jean-Pierre Léaud as Paul in a romantic pursuit for Madeleine, eventually involved in a "ménage à quatre." Vigorous narrative and visual style. Seductive.
And so begins my tour of Godard films ... Of the five Godard films I've seen (and am going to see), this is the best, but that's not saying much. Normally, I begin my reviews with a sentence-long plot outline, but Godard is so entrenched in the post-structuralist disapproval of the typical story arc that it makes it difficult to render the film so simply. Rather, I think I can only report what I experienced while watching the film and hope it makes more sense than the film. I think the film attempts to juxtapose the hedonistic tendency of the sixties against the decade's political turmoil. We see a flighty, apolitical pop song artist pursued by the politically aware but inactive Paul. He prioritizes his libido above his political concerns, but this can only last so long. The film, in typical post-modern fashion, dives away from the plot into political rants that only tangentially connect to the main action. Overall, Masculin Feminin is jumbled and often incoherent but ultimately rewarding.