512 Vivre sa vie

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512 Vivre sa vie

#1 Post by Matt » Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:19 pm

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Vivre sa vie was a turning point for Jean-Luc Godard and remains one of his most dynamic films, combining brilliant visual design with a tragic character study. The lovely Anna Karina, Godard’s greatest muse, plays Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress but instead ends up a prostitute; her downward spiral is depicted in a series of discrete tableaux of daydreams and dances. Featuring some of Karina and Godard’s most iconic moments—from her movie theater vigil with The Passion of Joan of Arc to her seductive pool-hall strut—Vivre sa vie is a landmark of the French New Wave that still surprises at every turn.

Disc Features

- New, restored high-definition digital transfer (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
- Audio commentary featuring film scholar Adrian Martin
- Video interview with film scholar Jean Narboni, conducted by historian Noël Simsolo
- Television interview from 1962 with actress Anna Karina
- Excerpts from a 1961 French television exposé on prostitution
- Illustrated essay on La prostitution, the book that served as inspiration for the film
- Stills gallery
- Director Jean-Luc Godard’s original theatrical trailer
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson, interviews with Godard, a reprint by critic Jean Collet on the film’s soundtrack, and Godard’s original scenario

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Re: 512 Vivre sa vie

#2 Post by domino harvey » Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:45 pm

I knew they'd be porting over Martin's Madman commentary, which is arguably best commentary ever recorded for a Godard film in terms of breadth of background

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#3 Post by zachhh » Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:10 pm

i haven't seen this but it sounds a little like Nights of Cabiria

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#4 Post by Matt » Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:24 am

Well, it's in black and white and about a prostitute, so... yes!

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#5 Post by Napier » Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:02 am

I hope there are clowns in it. Blu-ray clowns are scary.

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#6 Post by alandau » Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:43 am

I have never thought much of Martin's commentaries or his public presentations (i.e Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards and Holocaust historiography at Monash University). However, I will be open to his interpretation of Godard.

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#7 Post by Florinaldo » Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:42 am

alandau wrote:I have never thought much of Martin's commentaries or his public presentations (i.e Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards and Holocaust historiography at Monash University). However, I will be open to his interpretation of Godard.
As for myself, I found his commentaries on Godard' 2 ou 3 Choses Que je Sais d'Elle and on a Australian edition of Buñuel's El Ángel Exterminador very well argued and informative. However, on the Australian Ángel one of his points was undermined by the fact that the repetition of the arrival of the guests which he mentions was edited out of the print used.

I very much look forward to that release, since I have a very dim memory of it, from too many decades ago, although I seem to recall that the distancing effect from Karina's acting is not pronounced as in other efforts.

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#8 Post by david hare » Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:13 pm

Adrian was also unlucky enought to provide a commentary for Madman's Madame de which was ported from the execrable Second Sight systems transfer botchup.

I mentiond the isssue with the Angel transfer to him long ago but he obviously has no control over Madman's telecine sources. More's the fuckin pity.

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#9 Post by somnambulating » Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:55 pm

The Credits listing on the Criterion page, "Thought out, written, shot, edited, in sum, directed by..." these are Criterion's words or did I miss it in the movie?

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#10 Post by cinemartin » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:00 pm

They are on the very first title card, I believe. They are in small type though.

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#11 Post by MoonlitKnight » Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:03 am

Yay, come 4/20, I'll have all of Godard's '60s films (i.e. pretty much the only ones worth owning :oops: )!

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#12 Post by justeleblanc » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:06 am

MoonlitKnight wrote:Yay, come 4/20, I'll have all of Godard's '60s films (i.e. pretty much the only ones worth owning :oops: )!
... says someone who's never seen NUMERO DEUX

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#13 Post by Murdoch » Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:42 am

Godard's 60s films are my least favorite of his.

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#14 Post by dad1153 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:33 pm

Murdoch wrote:Godard's films are my least favorite of his.
Fixed! :P

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#15 Post by klee13 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:57 pm

dad1153 wrote:
Murdoch wrote:Godard's films are my least favorite of his.
Fixed! :P
Yeah, too bad about that Godard guy, dying at the height of his career. Who knows what great films he would've made had he lived on.

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#16 Post by Murdoch » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:58 pm

There should really be a moratorium on one-off statements about forum members' favorite directors, it only brings out the worst in people.

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#19 Post by Matt » Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:47 pm

Stunning. I can't wait until my copy arrives so that I can chuck my Fox Lorber DVD straight into the trash can.

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#20 Post by domino harvey » Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:51 pm

The Fox Lorber was their best Godard transfer though. While this is obviously a step up, I think every disc of this I've owned has been from a quality print.

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#21 Post by montgomery » Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:36 pm

Yeah, the Fox Lorber screen caps hold up surprisingly well. If it wasn't for the upgrade to Blu, I might've stuck with it.

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#22 Post by cdnchris » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:18 pm

Matt wrote:Stunning. I can't wait until my copy arrives so that I can chuck my Fox Lorber DVD straight into the trash can.
Burn it like I did with Breathless

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#23 Post by Napier » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:32 pm

cdnchris wrote:
Matt wrote:Stunning. I can't wait until my copy arrives so that I can chuck my Fox Lorber DVD straight into the trash can.
Burn it like I did with Breathless
Or donate it to the local library.

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#24 Post by swo17 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:39 pm

Perhaps because of confusion over the language of the title, those Fox Lorbers are still going for decent money at amazon marketplace and half.com. Depending on the condition of your DVD, you might could make $10-$20 off it and mostly subsidize the cost of an upgrade.

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#25 Post by tajmahal » Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:22 pm

triodelover wrote:Beaver
Attention Domino Harvey, The final Beaver screencap is your avatar in waiting.

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