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Masculine/Feminine was Jean-Luc Godard's first (but not the last) foray into the burgeoning "Children of the Sixties" generation—or, as Godard described it, "the children of Marx and Coca-Cola". Impressionable teenager Jean-Pierre Leaud tries to make sense of the world by working as an interviewer for a research firm. Meanwhile, Leaud cohabits with aspiring singer Chantal Goya, with two additional young ladies joining the nocturnal festivities. Leaud jumps or is pushed from a window, leaving a pregnant Goya to move on to the next aimless youth she meets.

While the nominal hero has failed to find fulfillment in personal relations, another male protagonist (Micheal Deborb), a political activist, is luckier — an indication that the director favored revolutionary politics over simple emotionalism at this point in his career. Though Godard's free-form style is usually opposed to linear storytelling, Masculine Feminine has solid literary roots, having been inspired by two Guy de Maupassant.

Special Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Willy Kurant, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Interview from 1966 with actor Chantal Goya
  • Interviews from 2004 and 2005 with Goya, Kurant, and Jean-Luc Godard collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin
  • Discussion of the film from 2004 between film critics Freddy Buache and Dominique Païni
  • Footage from Swedish television of Godard directing the “film within the film” scene
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Adrian Martin and a 1966 report from the set by French journalist Philippe Labro
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Director:
Jean-Luc Godard
Certificate:
12
Actor:
Catherine-Isabelle Duport

Chantal Goya

Jean-Pierre Léaud

Marlène Jobert

Michel Debord
Subtitle Languages:

English

Theatrical Release Year:
1966
Main Language:
French
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

Masculin Féminin - The Criterion Collection

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Masculine/Feminine was Jean-Luc Godard's first (but not the last) foray into the burgeoning "Children of the Sixties" generation—or, as Godard described it, "the children of Marx and Coca-Cola". Impressionable teenager Jean-Pierre Leaud tries to make sense of the world by working as an interviewer for a research firm. Meanwhile, Leaud cohabits with aspiring singer Chantal Goya, with two additional young ladies joining the nocturnal festivities. Leaud jumps or is pushed from a window, leaving a pregnant Goya to move on to the next aimless youth she meets.

While the nominal hero has failed to find fulfillment in personal relations, another male protagonist (Micheal Deborb), a political activist, is luckier — an indication that the director favored revolutionary politics over simple emotionalism at this point in his career. Though Godard's free-form style is usually opposed to linear storytelling, Masculine Feminine has solid literary roots, having been inspired by two Guy de Maupassant.

Special Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Willy Kurant, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Interview from 1966 with actor Chantal Goya
  • Interviews from 2004 and 2005 with Goya, Kurant, and Jean-Luc Godard collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin
  • Discussion of the film from 2004 between film critics Freddy Buache and Dominique Païni
  • Footage from Swedish television of Godard directing the “film within the film” scene
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Adrian Martin and a 1966 report from the set by French journalist Philippe Labro
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Director:
Jean-Luc Godard
Certificate:
12
Actor:
Catherine-Isabelle Duport

Chantal Goya

Jean-Pierre Léaud

Marlène Jobert

Michel Debord
Subtitle Languages:

English

Theatrical Release Year:
1966
Main Language:
French
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection
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