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Masculin Feminin

Director(s): Jean-Luc Godard

Theatrical Release: 1966

Cast: Jean-Pierre Leaud, Chantal Goya, Marlene Jobert, Michel Debord, Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Duport

Genre(s): Drama, psychological, Criterion Collection, Dean's List

Countries: France, Sweden

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Running Time: 105m.

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 stories. -- Hal Erickson (


Criterion Collection DVD #308 Special Features:

+ New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Willy Kurant

+ Archival 1966 interview with actress Chantal Goya

+ New video interviews with Goya, Kurant, and Jean-Luc Godard collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin, conducted in 2005

+ Video discussion of the film between French film scholars Freddy Buache and Dominique Païni

+ Swedish television footage of Godard directing the “film within the film” scene

+ Trailers for the original theatrical release and the 2005 rerelease

+ New and improved English subtitle translation