Criterion Collection: Vivre Sa Vie

Criterion Collection: Vivre Sa Vie

Director: Jean-Luc Godard Cast: Anna Karina, Saddy Rebbot, André S. Labarthe
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Criterion Collection: Vivre Sa Vie

Vivre Sa Vie presents 12 episodes in the life of a young woman who turns to prostitution to pay her rent. Each episode features a theatrical scene preceded by a title that lists the characters in the episode, its location, and a brief summary of the action. As he would throughout his career, director Jean-Luc Godard uses prostitution as a metaphor for both economic life in general and the position of the filmmaker under capitalism. Vivre Sa Vie stars Anna Karina, who was married to Godard at the time. Her performance was largely improvised as Godard refused to give Karina her lines until just before each scene was shot. In order to maintain the freshness of the performances, Godard rarely made more than one take of each shot. The film is shot in stunning black-and-white by Raoul Coutard. The improvised acting and fragmented story give the viewer the impression of watching a documentary about a woman's life that is also a series of essays about aesthetics and economics. In addition, the film's camera style presents a catalogue of alternatives to conventional shooting strategies.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2010
UPC: 0715515057011
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 15,646

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anna Karina Nana Kleinfrankenheim
Saddy Rebbot Raoul
André S. Labarthe Paul
Guylaine Schlumberger Yvette
Eric Schlumberger Luigi
Gerard Hoffman Man Who Buys Nana
Brice Parain Himself, The Philosopher
Monique Messine Elizabeth
Dimitri Dineff A Youth
Jean-Luc Godard Voice Only
Peter Kassovitz A Young Man
Henri Attal Arthur
Odile Geoffrey Barmaid
Paul Pavel A Journalist
Gilles Queant A Man
Laszlo Szabo Wounded Man

Technical Credits
Jean-Luc Godard Director,Screenwriter
Pierre Braunberger Producer
Raoul Coutard Cinematographer
Agnès Guillemot Editor
Jacques Maumont Sound/Sound Designer
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Jackie Raynal Makeup
Bernard Toublanc-Michel Asst. Director
Guy Villette Sound/Sound Designer

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