Written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Cinematography by Raoul Coutard
Editing by Françoise Collin and Chantal Delattre
France, 1967, Rialto Pictures/Criterion Collection, digital, color, 87 min.
With Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey, Joseph Gehrard, Roger Montsoret, Raoul Levy
“His story involves Marina Vlady, a "typical high-rise dweller," he tells us more or less seriously, who does a little hooking on the side to pay the rent. It is also about Paris, the "her" of the title, and in a semi-audible murmur on the sound track, Godard informs us that "in order to live in Paris today, on no matter what social level, one is forced to prostitute oneself in one way or another." His Paris looks little like the travel-book Paris of Notre Dame and the Seine; it is so filled with holes in the ground, high-rises and construction cranes that you wonder if Arthur Rubloff really has succeeded De Gaulle.
Godard's heroine wanders through this wilderness, talking to herself, lingering in cafes and essentially just existing. You have to prostitute yourself to survive, Godard seems to be telling us, but more out of habit than choice. What's really so great about survival, anyway, in a world of concrete and advertisements, where the human nature seems unnatural?”
– Roger Ebert, Review, Chicago Sun-Times, 7 April 1971, http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19710407/REVIEWS/104070301/1023
Thursday, January 3, 7:15 PM
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