1966 ****1/2 105 mins.
Here is another near-masterpiece from the inimitable Jean-Luc Godard. Through fifteen vignettes, Godard tells the story of the rocky relationship between Paul and Madeleine. The film is more an examination of the effects of sex on modern society than a narrative. It's flaws? The running time could have been about fifteen minutes shorter, and the sound design was a bit frustrating at times, wavering in and out. Only at times was the sound frustrating, other times, the creative choices of what we hear, versus what we see, are quite fascinating. It may not be Godard's best, but it shouldn't be missed.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Not Rated; contains frank sexual dialogue and language, as well as some violence.
Based on "La femme de Paul" and "Le signe" by
Guy de Maupassant