Vivre Sa Vie: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1962) / Region A
Vivre Sa Vie: The Criterion Collection

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Vivre Sa Vie: The Criterion Collection

Vivre sa vie was a turning point for Jean-Luc Godard and remains one of his most dynamic films, combining brilliant visual design with a tragic character study. The lovely Anna Karina, Godard's greatest muse, plays Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress but instead ends up a prostitute; her downward spiral is depicted in a series of discrete tableaux of daydreams and

dances. Featuring some of Karina and Godard's most iconic moments - from her movie theater vigil with The Passion of Joan of Arc to her seductive pool-hall strut - Vivre sa vie is a landmark of the French New Wave that still surprises at every turn.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jan 19 2010
  • Production Year 1962
  • Empire SKU 1517666
  • UPC Code 715515057011
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Audio commentary featuring film scholar Adrian Martin
Video interview with film scholar Jean Narboni
Television interview from 1962 with actress Anna Karina
Excerpts from a 1961 French television exposé on prostitution
Illustrated essay on La prostitution
Stills gallery
Director Jean-Luc Godard’s original theatrical trailer
Plus: A booklet featuring Godard’s original scenario, an essay by critic Michael Atkinson, interviews with Godard, and a reprint by critic Jean Collet on the film’s soundtrack


  • Audio
    French PCM Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W



  • Pierre Braunberger

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