|S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(aka 'La Donna è donna" or "A Woman Is a Woman")
|With A Woman is a Woman (Une Femme est une femme), compulsively innovative director Jean-Luc Godard presents “a neorealist musical—that is, a contradiction in terms.” Featuring French superstars Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Jean-Claude Brialy at their peak of popularity, A Woman is a Woman is a sly, playful tribute to—and interrogation of—the American musical comedy, showcasing Godard’s signature wit and intellectual acumen. The film tells the story of exotic dancer Angéla (Karina) as she attempts to have a child with her unwilling lover Émile (Brialy). In the process, she finds herself torn between him and his best friend Alfred (Belmondo). A dizzying compendium of color, humor, and the music of renowned composer Michel Legrand, A Woman is a Woman finds the young Godard at his warmest and most accessible, reveling in and scrutinizing the mechanics of his great obsession: the cinema.
Theatrical Release: September 6th, 1961 - France
DVD Review: Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC
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|Criterion Collection - Spine # 238
Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.46 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Production Company: Criterion Collection
This anamorphic and progressive DVD is magnificent. The colors in Godard's "A Woman is a Woman" have never looked so alive. Image quality is sharp with amazing contrast on this wonderful cinemascope aspect ratio.
I love the menu's, some nice Extra inclusions - a cool new white keep case. Not a speck of damage or dust and a smattering of film grain. Criterion just keeps improving. What more could you ask for excluding a commentary?
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