Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux 1962

Critics score:
93 / 100

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Bosley Crowther, New York Times: Mr. Godard is a bold experimenter, but it's time he picked himself a stronger theme. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: This 1962 film isn't the most stimulating of Godard's early work, but it does show him beginning to pull away from traditional cutting patterns and sequence arrangement. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Godard frames and edits his shots, moves the camera, uses music, and deploys his actors in ways that still seem radical -- even as several generations of directors since have cribbed and stolen from him. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: This is a great movie, and I am not surprised to find Susan Sontag describing it as 'one of the most extraordinary, beautiful, and original works of art that I know of.' Read more

Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out: Read more

Tom Milne, Time Out: Twelve Brechtian tableaux chronicle the life and death of a whore, starting out as a documentary on prostitution, ending as a Monogram B movie. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Godard mixes titles, unusual use of sound, and long scenes of dialog. He is brilliantly served by his wife, Anna Karina, in this film. Karina gives the girl a ring of truth and depth. Read more

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice: Star Anna Karina was in the brutal early rounds of marriage to her director, who was never more doting and egghead-condescending than in this showpiece. Read more