Jean-Luc Godard is regarded as one of the most successful and thought provoking directors of the modern era. His credits include such groundbreaking films as 'Breathless', 'A Woman is a Woman, 'Weekend', 'Masculin Feminin', 'Two Or Three Things I Know About Her' and 'Alphaville'. Vivre Sa Vie can be added to that list and lauded as one of the seminal movies of the French New Wave. Godard directs his then wife, Anna Karina, who plays Nana S, a provincial girl working as a shop assistant who, after separating from her husband, decides to become an actress. While waffling the silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc', with tears streaming down her face, she abandons her ambition and drifts into a life of prostitution. The film is presented in twelve tableaux that guide us through Nana's sadly unfolding life until the shocking and poignant finale. The film is daring and experimental both in its use of sound recording and editing, and creates an edgy and thought provoking insight into the social conditions and mores of the time.
UK theatrical release version: alternative presentation incorporating English-language intertitles Feature-length audio commentary by film critic Adrian Martin
Leslie Hardcastle Introduces Vivre sa Vie at the National Film Theatre (1968, 3 mins, audio only)
"In Conversation": Anna Karina and Alistair Whyte (1973, 37 mins): rare archival interview Charlotte et Veronique, ou Tous les gargons s'appellent Patrick (Jean-Luc Godard, 1957, 21 mins): Godard's entertaining second short written by Eric Rohmer
Une Histoire d'eau (Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, 1958, 13 mins): delightful, romantic short co-directed by Truffaut
Charlotte et son Jules (Jean-Luc Godard, 1958, 14 mins): Godard's homage to Jean Cocteau, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo
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