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Masculin Feminin (1966)

Masculin Feminin (1966)

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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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A love affair between a young Parisian radical and a ye-ye singer.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Romance
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 limited
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Cast

Chantal Goya
as Madeleine Zimmer
Marlene Jobert
as Elisabeth Choquet
Michel Debord
as Robert Packard
Catherine Duport
as Catherine
Elsa Leroy
as Miss 19
Francoise Hardy
as Woman with the American Officer
Chantal Darget
as Woman on Metro
Antoine Bourseiller
as Brigitte Bardot's Partner
Catherine-Isabelle Duport
as Catherine-Isabelle
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Critic Reviews for Masculin Feminin

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (18)

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
The New Republic
Top Critic

Its parodies and satires are recklessly inventive, and its fundamental pessimism isn't as flip as it may at first seem.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

October 14, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

The kaleidoscopic film's meandering mirrors the uncertainty of that restless, tumultuous era.

Full Review… | July 28, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

An odd, scattered, free-form, but thoroughly engaging film.

Full Review… | June 17, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

This is the Godard that fans would like to take to the grave: jaundiced, naughty, immediate, very much alive.

Full Review… | May 5, 2005
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Masculin Feminin

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.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

weird weird movie. Not my favorite Godard...kind of like Life Aquatic...it's quirky for quirky's sake

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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