A WOMAN IS A WOMAN
UNE FEMME EST UNE FEMME
1961, Rialto, 85 min, France, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

Anna Karina, an afternoon stripper in the crummy Zodiac Club, yearns for motherhood, but live-in boyfriend Jean-Claude Brialy "isn’t ready yet," while hanger-on Jean-Paul Belmondo is more than happy to oblige. Godard’s first film in color and ’Scope, and his nearest approximation of a musical, with cinematic in-jokes and anarchic humor galore. In French with English subtitles.


PIERROT LE FOU
1965, Rialto Films, 110 min, France, Italy, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Paul Belmondo, fed up with his wife and Paris, heads for the South of France with old flame Anna Karina, a classic pulp-fiction moll of a gang of crooks. Essential ’60s Godard, with sun-splashed color and CinemaScope photography by Raoul Coutard, a cameo by tough-guy director Sam Fuller and an explosive finale. "The most ravishing and romantic film ever made. ... The dazzling mise-en-scene alternates Lichtenstein with Cezanne, pop art with Impressionism, the shadow of Amerika falling across the Provençal sun." - Amy Taubin, Village Voice. In French with English subtitles.


TWO WOMEN
LA CIOCIARA
1960, Surf Film, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Vittorio De Sica

Sophia Loren delivers a career-defining performance as a mother struggling to protect her daughter on a journey through war-ravaged Italy, a role that won her an Oscar for Best Actress - the first ever awarded for a non-English-language performance. This Italian gem - superbly crafted by neorealist master De Sica - is a devastating and at times shocking portrait of a family on a quest to escape bomb-battered World War II Rome. Jean-Paul Belmondo co-stars as Loren’s young, intellectual love interest. In Italian with English subtitles.


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