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Anna Karina - Day 1 of the TCM Classic Film Festival on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Hollywood, California at TCL Chinese Theater - Hollywood, CA - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 28th April 2016

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A Woman Is A Woman Review


Excellent
Jean-Luc Godard calls A Woman Is a Woman "a neorealist musical -- that is, a contradiction in terms." He couldn't be more on the money. Woman is disorienting and unfamiliar, and altogether compelling.

Anna Karina owns the film wholly: She's a stripper in Paris who decides she wants a baby. She approaches her boyfriend (Jean-Claude Brialy), but he refuses. So she turns to another guy: his best friend.

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My Life To Live Review


Good
Straightforwardly -- almost clinically -- Jean-Luc Godard presents this brief story of a woman's descent into prostitution. It's hardly a descent, really, as Anna Karina, in that unmistakably French way, happily chooses to start being paid for sex. Meanwhile, non-sequiturs abound to pad the plot, including dance numbers and a playful mime's act. Say what? Only in Paris.

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Le Petit Soldat Review


Good
French Bruno is assigned to assassinate an Algerian sympathizer, but darn it, the hot hot hot Anna Karina gets in the way. Turns out she's a sympathizer too. Nothing much happens in this heralded thriller/romance from Jean-Luc Godard, as the film sidetracks into long idylls in hotel rooms and on the streets of France before our hero finally gets to his opponent. When he does, it's shocking, as he doesn't just shoot him in the head, he's tortured to such a degree that the film was banned in France. Interesting historically, much less so artistically.

Alphaville Review


Good
While private eye Lemmy Caution has ventured all the way to another planet to visit the futuristic Alphaville, it certainly looks a lot like Paris. And what are the odds that they'll speak French, huh?

Jean-Luc Godard's oddball sci-fi spends a lot of time ostensibly bemoaning the dehumanizing effects of technology but doesn't make much of a case for it here. Sure, if we were dumb enough to literally allow a computer to rule our lives, we might get what we deserved. But modern life (and even reasonably forseeable life) has no signs of Godard's "outlawing of emotion" and oppression of individuality. In fact, these ideas are more prevalent than ever, which tends to horribly date Alphaville against its more thought-out successors like A Clockwork Orange and Blade Runner.

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Band Of Outsiders Review


Good
Jean-Luc Godard's Band of Outsiders isn't his best work, but it's full of interesting little touches and stolen moments that make it worthwhile. Most notable is the smashing Anna Karina's performance, which glues together a tepid, self-confessed dime-store novel-class story of Karina and two friends (Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur) who hatch a harebrained plan to rob Karina's aunt. A pair of set pieces -- the trio dancing in unison in a bar and their famous 9-minute, 43-second run through the Louvre -- make the movie worthwhile alone, but the disjointed, meandering, and somewhat random narrative isn't anything to write home about.

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Pierrot Le Fou Review


Good
Perhaps the greatest entry into the theater of the absurd, Godard's Pierrot le fou starts out as ridiculous and gets progressively sillier. Jean-Paul Belmondo stars as a family man named Ferdinand, who up and quits his family man life to jet through France with a mobstress (Anna Karina), who inexplicably calls him Pierrot. Their adventure through strangely tinted sets and with occasional dialogue drawn from TV commercials. Totally bizarre and ultimately without much point -- Godard's message about commercialism is drowned in a sea of oddity.

Chinese Roulette Review


Good
Whoops. When you show up at the country chateau with your lover, make sure your wife hasn't booked it for the same weekend with her beau!

Such is the basic premise of Chinese Roulette, which one-ups the notion of the ruined weekend by adding a crippled daughter and her mute nursemaid to the proceedings. Odd then that the child proves to be the most vicious of them all, as her game of "Chinese Roulette," essentially a truth or dare derivative, ends with gunplay.

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The Truth About Charlie Review


OK

Perhaps it's not fair to begin a movie review by comparing a remake to its original, but since director Jonathan Demme has been proudly trumpeting "The Truth About Charlie" as a reimagining of Stanley Doden's 1963 romantic thriller "Charade," he's practically asking for it.

What the films have in common is a plot centering on a beautiful young woman named Regina (Audrey Hepburn then, Thandie Newton now) who returns to Paris from vacation to discover her husband has stripped their stylish apartment bare, disappeared with a fortune she didn't know he had, and subsequently turned up dead. With the money still missing, dangerous strangers start coming out of the woodwork, convinced she knows where it is.

In "Charade," Hepburn's sprightly Regina meets the suave and cunning -- perhaps a little too cunning -- Peter Joshua, played by Cary Grant, and falls for him as he tries to keep her safe and help her solve the mystery of the absconded riches. In "Charlie," Newton's clever but ingenuous Regina meets gym-buffed paramour Joshua Peters, played by Mark Wahlberg, who may look classy in a '60s-homage pokepie hat, but as a character he's dry, dry, dry.

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