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My Life to Live (1962)

Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 September 1962 (France)
Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sady Rebbot ...
Raoul (as Saddy Rebbot)
André S. Labarthe ...
Paul
Guylaine Schlumberger ...
Yvette (as G. Schlumberger)
Gérard Hoffman ...
Le chef
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Elisabeth
Paul Pavel ...
Journaliste
Dimitri Dineff ...
Dimitri
Peter Kassovitz ...
Jeune homme (as Peter Kassowitz)
Eric Schlumberger ...
Luigi (as E. Schlumberger)
Brice Parain ...
Henri Attal ...
Arthur (as Henri Atal)
Gilles Quéant ...
Premier client
Odile Geoffroy ...
La serveuse de café
Marcel Charton ...
L'agent de police
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This film explores a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. The movie is comprised of a series of 12 "tableaux"-- scenes which are basically unconnected episodes, each presented with a worded introduction. Written by Alan Katz <katz@panther.middlebury.edu>

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The many faces of a woman trying to find herself in a world of men.

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My Life to Live  »

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$64,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Eddie Constantine was an American-born singer and actor in international films from the 1950s. Nana mentions appearing in a film with him, "No Pity". See more »

Quotes

Nana: Shouldn't love be the only truth?
The Philosopher: For that, love would always have to be true.
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Referenced in Filmselskabet: Episode #1.6 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Ma môme
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Written by Jean Ferrat and Pierre Frachet
Sung by Jean Ferrat
Conducted by Alain Goraguer
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For Ever Godard
21 February 2003 | by (Belfast, N.I) – See all my reviews

This has become my favourite Godard. It doesn't have the jazzy razzamatazz and classic Paris shots of A bout de souffle, or the invigorating Marxist politics of Tout va bien, or the beautiful scenary, beautiful body and beautiful music of Le Mepris, but it has a softness and a depth that are just haunting. It has a documentary quality in its most reflective moments, when we see Nana lighting a cigarette or undoing her cardigan. It is a film that is made up of disparate strands - poetic, documentary, melodramatic. It both creates Nana as star of the piece, with her sweet smile, beautiful coats, and cropped hair, and even, at one point, identification with Joan of Arc, yet undermines this to underline how ordinary, how vulnerable, even how banal she is. If you're new to Godard, start with this.


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