No one looks more luminous in 35mm than Anna Karina in VIVRE SA VIE, Jean-Luc Godard’s early sixties, cinematic masterwork. Revolutionizing New Wave aesthetics with its rebellious structure and avant-garde technique, VIVRE SA VIE is essential Godard—bold, stylish, and reveling in mid-century Parisian cool. A film that features one of history’s most profound and mesmerizing performances, VIVRE SA VIE in 35mm is a cultural rite of passage.
Karina is Nana, a young wife and mother who leaves her family with the hopes of becoming an actress. Financially destitute, she finds herself a prostitute, working for a gangster-connected pimp. Frequenting Paris’s cafes, neon-lit bars, cinemas, and pool halls, Nana entertains herself while finding customers. Poetic and moving, Godard and Karina portray her with empathy and compassions, before, it all of course, goes very wrong.
Influenced by Marcel Sacotte’s 1959 sociological study of prostitution, VIVRE SA VIE examines post-war France’s destructive obsession with consumerism and sex. With allusions to the films of Robert Bresson, Carl Th. Dreyer, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Louise Brooks, as well as the writings of Edgar Allen Poe, Émile Zola, and Charles Baudelaire, Godard created a pop culture, high art mash-up that celebrates film history as much as it influenced it.
35mm Presentation courtesy Janus Films
Featuring a burlesque performance by Hanna Dolly Bradley aka Dolly Monroe!
Tuesday, Jan 22 - 8:00pm