Masculin/Feminin [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1966]

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Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Willy Kurant
  • Archival 1966 interview with actress Chatal 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
  • Plus a 16 page booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Adrian Martin and a reprint of a report from the set by French journalist Philippe Labro


Masculine Feminine was Jean-Luc Godard's first (but not his last) foray into the burgeoning "Children of the Sixties" generation -- or, as Godard described it, "the children of Marx and Coca-Cola." Impressionable teenager Paul (Jean-Pierre Léaud) tries to make sense of the world by working as an interviewer for a research firm. Meanwhile, Paul cohabits with aspiring singer Madeleine (Chantal Goya), with two additional young ladies joining the nocturnal festivities. Paul jumps or is pushed from a window, leaving a pregnant Madeleine 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 (Michel Debord), 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, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jean-Pierre Léaud
    Jean-Pierre Léaud - Paul
  • Chantal Goya
    Chantal Goya - Madeleine
  • Marlène Jobert
    Marlène Jobert - Elisabeth
  • Brigitte Bardot
    Brigitte Bardot - Woman in a Couple
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    Michel Debord - Robert
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