2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

Director: Jean-Luc Godard Cast: Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey, Roger Montsoret

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Overview

Jean-Luc Godard was fascinated with prostitution as a metaphor for the corruption of modern life, and he turned his eye from the figurative to the literal selling of one's self in his 1966 film Deux ou Trois Choses Que Je Sais d'Elle (aka 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her), the story of a Paris housewife who turns tricks on the side to help pay the bills. The film proved to be one of Godard's most popular and talked-about films, and the Criterion Collection have given it its North American DVD debut in an excellent edition. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her has been transferred to disc in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16:9 monitors. The bold colors, tight focus and imaginative framings of Raoul Coutard's cinematography are rendered with flawless accuracy on this DVD, which looks good enough to give nearly any home theater a chance to show its capabilities. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and the sound is clear, sharp and well detailed. The dialogue is in French, with optional subtitles but no multiple language options. Criterion's release includes a full compliment of bonus materials, including an optional commentary track by Adrian Martin in which he discusses the various political and personal metaphors at work. Also featured are a pair of television interviews shot during the making of the film, one with actress Marina Vlady and another in which Godard discusses prostitution and drug abuse with a French government official. Antoine Bourseiller, a French theatrical director and producer, was a friend and colleague of Godard in the Sixties, and in an on-camera interview he talks about their working relationship and Godard's decision to walk away from their friendship. A short "visual essay" examines the many literary references that pop up in the film, and the picture's original trailer is also included. Finally, Amy Taubin contributes an original essay to the booklet included with the package, and a letter written in response to a French magazine piece on housewives working as belle de jours by one such woman is reprinted (Godard cited it as a key inspiration for the film). 2 or 3 Things I know About Her came from a period when Godard was moving away from conventional narrative and generic frameworks, but its accessible in a way his work from Weekend onward would not be, and it's intelligent and provocative stuff that still hits its targets more than 40 years after it was first released, and Criterion's DVD release allows it to look and sound very contemporary indeed.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2009
UPC: 0715515047715
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 5,917

Special Features

Audio Commentary featuring film scholar Adrian Martin; ; Archival television interviews: the first featuring actress Marina Vlady on the set of the film, the second with Jean-Luc Godard debating the subject-of prostitution; ; New video interview with theater Director of Antoine Bourseiller, a friend of Godard's in the sixties; ; A visual essay cataloging the multiple references in the film ; Theatrical Trailer; ; Plus: An Essay by Film Critic Amy Taubin and the letter that sparked the idea for the film

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marina Vlady Juliette Janson
Anny Duperey Marianne
Roger Montsoret Robert Janson
Raoul J. Lévy The American
Yves Beneyton Long-Haired Youth
Christophe Bourseiller Christophe
Marie Bourseiller Solange
Jean-Luc Godard Narrator
Blandine Jeanson Student
Jean-Patrick Lebel Pecuchet
Claude Miller Bouvard
Helen Scott Woman at Pinball Machine
Juliet Berto Girl Who Talks to Robert
Jean Narboni Roger

Technical Credits
Jean-Luc Godard Director,Screenwriter
Francoise Collin Editor
Raoul Coutard Cinematographer
Anatole Dauman Producer
Chantal Delattre Editor
Raoul J. Lévy Producer
Gitt Magrini Costumes/Costume Designer
Jackie Raynal Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Two or Three Things I Know About Her
1. Terrace [4:03]
2. Kitchen Table [5:20]
3. Bed [3:37]
4. Gérard's Apartmetn [3:43]
5. Clothes Shop [7:02]
6. Café [7:46]
7. Room [4:59]
8. Salon [5:52]
9. Garage [7:04]
10. Hotel Room [8:58]
11. Café [14:07]
12. High-Rise [4:54]
13. Stairwell [2:45]
14. Apartment [7:13]
1. Color Bars [:00]
1. A Film Essay [4:03]
2. The New World [5:20]
3. Industrial Beauty [3:37]
4. Prostitution [3:43]
5. Four Movements [7:02]
6. Color and Framing [7:46]
7. Cultural Influences [4:59]
8. Phenomenology/Guy Debord [5:52]
9. Sound, Silence, and Noise [7:04]
10. The Prison Of Time [8:58]
11. Juliet Berto/Blandine Jeanson [14:07]
12. "What Is a Fiction?" [4:54]
13. Visionary Children [2:45]
14. Family Units [7:13]
1. Color Bars [:00]

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