A Woman Is a Woman

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A Woman Is a Woman (French: Une femme est une femme) is a 1961 French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, featuring Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Claude Brialy. It is a tribute to American musical comedy and associated with the French New Wave. It is Godard's third feature film (the release of his second, Le Petit Soldat, was delayed by censorship), and his first in color and Cinemascope.

A Woman Is a Woman
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Film poster
Directed byJean-Luc Godard
Produced byCarlo Ponti
Georges de Beauregard
Written byJean-Luc Godard
StarringJean-Claude Brialy
Anna Karina
Jean-Paul Belmondo
Music byMichel Legrand
CinematographyRaoul Coutard
Edited byAgnès Guillemot
Lila Herman
Release date
6 September 1961
Running time
85 minutes
Budget$160,000 (estimated)
Box office549,931 admissions (France)[1]
$100,665 (US)[2]


The film centers on the relationship of exotic dancer Angéla (Karina) and her lover Émile (Brialy). Angéla wants to have a child, but Émile isn't ready. Émile's best friend Alfred (Belmondo) also says he loves Angéla, and keeps up a gentle pursuit. Angéla and Émile argue about the matter; at one point they decide not to speak to each other, so continue their argument by pulling books from the shelf and pointing to the titles. Since Émile stubbornly refuses her request for a child, Angéla finally decides to accept Alfred's plea and sleeps with him. This proves that she will do what she must to have a child. She and Émile finally make up, so he has a chance to become the father. The two have sex, then engage in a bit of wordplay that gives the film its title: an exasperated Émile says "Angéla, tu es infâme" ("Angela, you are horrid"), and she retorts, "Non, je suis une femme" ("No, I am a woman").[3]



On Rotten Tomatoes, A Woman Is a Woman holds a rating of 82% from 34 reviews.[4]



  1. ^ Box office information for Jean Paul Belmondo films at Box Office Story
  2. ^ https://www.boxofficemojo.com/title/tt0055572/
  3. ^ Brody, Richard (2008). Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard. ISBN 9780805068863.
  4. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_woman_is_a_woman
  5. ^ "Berlinale 1961: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-01-24.

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