An Evening with Anna Karina featuring A Woman is a Woman

Women of Cinefamily presents an evening with actress, director, screenwriter, and legendary muse of the French New Wave, Anna Karina! Following a conversation with Karina, we will screen one of her celebrated collaborations with Jean-Luc Godard, A Woman Is A Woman.

Godard’s first in color and Cinemascope, A Woman Is A Woman is a bright, playful opera of opposition to the very end, with every moment a potential opportunity to burst into song and dance. In fact, the score is intrinsically linked to the characters’ melodic cadences and their flippant, impulsive actions. Youthfully veiling topics like politics, relationships, and the inherent challenges of love with carefree quips about correct pronunciation and book titles, characters casually break fourth walls, ride bicycles ’round dining room tables, and engage in highly competitive pose-offs. In her feature debut, Godard muse Anna Karina plays free-spirited beauty Angela, an impassioned striptease artist who yearns desperately for a child, tearing her between two men (Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Claude Brialy) engaged in lively competition for her affections. Every visual and aural element in this self-referential, smoky dreamscape of conceptual editing and musical direction is lightheartedly collaged into a delectable New Wave melting pot of experimentation, producing one of the ultimate paradigm-shattering takes on the classical romantic comedy.

Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 1961, 35mm, 85 min.

Tickets – GA – $25 / VIP Seating & Private Pre-Reception (Beginning at 6:30pm) – $45