Made in USA

Made in USA

Anna Karina
Director: Jean-Luc Godard Cast: Anna Karina
Anna Karina
, Jean-Pierre Léaud
Jean-Pierre Léaud
, Laszlo Szabo
Laszlo Szabo
Jean-Luc Godard

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Overview

Jean-Luc Godard was making his final break with his influences in American genre filmmaking when he produced Made In U.S.A., one of two films he shot at roughly the same time in 1966; it also preserved the final act of his relationship with actress, muse and one-time spouse Anna Karina, who had divorced him nearly two years before and would not work with him again. The film didn't receive a proper American release at the time thanks to legal issues (the film is very loosely based on a novel by Donald E. Westlake The Jugger, published under the pen name Richard Stark, and there were disagreements over the American literary rights), but the Criterion Collection has allowed American cinephiles to give the picture a careful study with this DVD release. Made In U.S.A. has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16:9 monitors. Raoul Coutard's cinematography is pin-sharp, with an eye-popping palate of primary colors (especially the vivid reds), and this transfer beautifully preserves the film's bold visual style, and was drawn from a flawless source print. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and the sound is nearly as crisp as the visuals. The dialogue is in French, with optional English subtitles but no multiple language options. In addition to the feature, this edition includes on-camera interviews with actors Anna Karina and Laszlo Szabo, a discussion of the film's political and emotional focus featuring film historians Richard Brody and Colin MacCabe, the film's original theatrical trailer, and a short visual "concordance" that identifies the many literary and cultural references that appear in the movie. And finally, the booklet includes a fine essay by critic and columnist J. Hoberman. Made In U.S.A. is often overlooked in favor of the other feature Godard was shooting at the time, 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her, but it's a bold and vital work from one of Godard's most interesting periods, and Criterion's excellent DVD release gives film fans a chance to rediscover the picture (or perhaps investigate it for the first time).

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2009
UPC: 0715515045216
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 25,573

Special Features

Interviews with Stars Anna Karina and László Szabó; A Video piece on the Personal and the Political in Made In USA AND 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her, Featuring Godard Biographers Richard Brody and Colin Maccabe; ; A Visual Essay Cataloging the Multiple References in the Film; Original and re-release theatrical trailers; New and Improved English Subtitle translation; Plus: An Essay by Film Critic J. Hoberman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anna Karina Paula Nelson
Jean-Pierre Léaud Donald Siegel
Laszlo Szabo Richard Widmark
Kyoko Kosaka Doris Mizoguchi
Claude Bakka Man with Marianne Faithful
Jean-Pierre Biesse Richard M. Nixon
Charles Bitsch Taxi Driver
Jean-Claude Bouillon Inspector Aldrich
Marc Dudicourt Barman
Remo Forlani Workman in Bar
Philippe Labro Himself
Rita Maiden Woman Who Gives Paula Information
Alexis Poliakoff Man with Notebook and Red Telephone
Yves Afonso David Goodis
Jean-Luc Godard Richard Politzer's Shadow and His Recorder Voice
Ernest Menzer Edgar Typhus
Marianne Faithfull Herself

Technical Credits
Jean-Luc Godard Director,Screenwriter
Claude Bakka Asst. Director
Charles Bitsch Asst. Director
Raoul Coutard Cinematographer
Georges de Beauregard Producer
Agnès Guillemot Editor
Jean-Pierre Léaud Asst. Director
René Levert Sound/Sound Designer
Jacques Maumont Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Criterion: Made In USA
1. Mr Typhus [10:29]
2. David Goodis [5:47]
3. Dr Korvo [2:50]
4. Bar [7:23]
5. "As Tears Go By" [3:40]
6. Dr Ludwig [4:28]
7. Paul Widmark [6:56]
8. Richard Politzer [2:38]
9. Inspector Aldrich [7:38]
10. Questions and Answers [6:05]
11. "They Don't Want The Left To Win" [1:14]
12. Donald Siegel [4:07]
13. Left, Year Zero [6:09]
14. Sadness [4:01]
15. Philippe Labro [7:09]
1. Color Bars [4:18]

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