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In the lead role, Brigitte Bardot's ass. Brilliant casting.
The saturated colors and incredible cinematography make this beautiful to look at and the soundtrack is rather mesmerizing. It's filled with many stars too (ranging from Bridget Bardot to Jack Palance to the legendary director Fritz Lang). However, the story itself doesn't seem to ever delve deeper than "I don't love you" "Why don't you love me?" "Because I don't"
Pretentious, but not off-putting; Boring, but overall beautiful. More style than substance. Who was it that said the subtleties of film almost always go unnoticed? I can't remember, but it's something Godard should probably take to heart. This is only my second Godard film, after Vivra sa vie (to which I caught a not-so-subtle reference), but I liked that one much more... this one I give a 5/10.
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This movie ranks #4 in Time Out's The 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #15 in Cahiers du Cinéma's 100 Films for an Ideal Cinematheque
This movie ranks #27 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #39 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #47 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #65 in The Times's 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #168 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #174 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #282 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #303 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
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This movie ranks #461 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
This movie ranks #500 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #580 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #605 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #634 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?