Jean-Luc Godard’s Une femme mariée – character and director love affairs

Une femme mariée is a Jean-Luc Godard film made in 1964. The film tells the story of a married woman torn between the love of her husband and lover.

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The film is famous for its long, brave, but mainly tender, love scenes between the titular character played by Macha Méril and her lover and husband Bernard Noël and Philippe Leroy.

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The past. Despite the film having more of a conventional structure than much of Godard’s work, the characters are prone to poetic tangential discussions. The husband discusses the past.

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And the wife counterpoints with the present.

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Returning to the many love scenes.

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We can see not only the film’s characters are in love. Paul Schrader lovingly references Une femme mariée in his own film American Gigolo made in 1980. Schrader also references Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket, both in American Gigolo and his later film Light Sleeper. These comparison frame grabs were taken from Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film: An Odyssey.

Reference:  Une femme mariée – Wikipedia

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