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In Two or Three Things I Know About Her (Duex ou Trois Choses Que Je Sais D’Elle) Jean-Luc Godard beckons us ever closer, literally whispering in our ears as narrator. About what? Money, sex, fashion, the city, love, language, war: in a word, everything. Considered by many to be among the legendary French filmmaker’s finest achievements, the film takes as its ostensible subject the daily life of Juliette Janson (Marina Vlady), a housewife from the Paris suburbs who prostitutes herself for extra money. Yet this is only a template for Godard to spin off into provocative philosophical tangents and gorgeous images. Two or Three Things I Know About Her is perhaps Godard’s most revelatory look at consumer culture, shot in ravishing widescreen color by Raoul Coutard.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

• New, restored high-definition digital transfer

• Archival television interviews: the first featuring Vlady on the set of the film, the second with Godard engaged in debate with a government official on the subject of prostitution

• New video interview with Godard friend Antoine Bourseiller

• A visual essay cataloguing the multiple references in the film

• New and improved English subtitle translation

• PLUS: A new essay by Sasha Frere-Jones



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Product Details

  • Actors: Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey, Christophe Bourseiller, Juliet Berto, Yves Beneyton
  • Directors: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026VBOJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,700 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Randy Buck VINE VOICE on August 6, 2009
Format: DVD
Many critics consider this 1967 Godard film to be among his very best, with several stating flatly it's the hands-down winner. (Amy Taubin makes an interesting case for this point of view in her essay for the current Criterion release.) I don't share that opinion, nor would I recommend this film as an introduction to Godard's work for the novice viewer. That said, there's still plenty to fascinate. Most of his usual markers (gorgeous actress front and center, prostitution as a plot device -- in this instance, used to pay for the heroine's middle-class lifestyle -- contempt for America and the Vietnam war, use of alienation devices that make Brecht look like Walt Disney) are on display, with varying degrees of impact. Godard's whispered narration is wearying; even with subtitles, that constant hissing annoys. But what a pleasure, after years of bad art-house prints, to see the cinematography, vibrant in its restoration, snap, crackle and pop with the comic-book vigor intended. This movie's gorgeous, the visuals are frequently laugh-out-loud funny, and, despite its obscurities and eccentricities, leaves the viewer pondering its message for days. Repays investigation for the dedicated viewer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on October 4, 2013
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In 1967, Jean-Luc Godard released two very original pieces that explore similar themes with diverse results. `Week End', my personal favorite of the two, is brash and aggressive and dominates from scene to scene, whereas `2 or 3 Things I Know About Her' (the more critically acclaimed of the two) is a subtler, softer look at the power of sex, politics, money and life in general. Told in faux documentary fashion, `2 or 3 Things I Know About Her' is shot in a series of vignettes that follow a young actress portraying a young housewife who sells her body to make ends meet. It is through this façade that Godard explores a bounty of themes that were poignant at the time of release and still hold true today, given the shift in culture and the overbearing presence of the media. With lush backdrops (the cinematography is stunning) and some intriguing directorial flourishes (Godard has such a distinct voice), `2 or 3 Things I Know About Her' is a multi-faceted film that will tantalize and enlighten you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on December 18, 2011
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Jean Luc Godard has been the most controversial, irreverent and rebel filmmaker of the New Wave French. This essay-picture mirrors with a style that actually could be seen as outdated, continues to amaze the viewer because its variegated frame of issues: Vietnam, sex, politics, philosophical opinions, art, styles of life, feminine attitudes that are widely related with the state of things by then.

Marina Vlady is a normal woman who is not afraid in prostitute herself to finance her small bougeoise pleasures. This is a very remarkable point because that same year Buñuel was making another similar film Belle de jour.

Godard was never a filmmaker easy to digest or bear. Anyway, its visual references, and audacious style well deserves an important place in your collection.

Watch it keeping into account this premiss in mind.
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This film may be Jean-Luc Godard at his least accessible. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her is the lucid journey through the experiences of French women in the 1960s. There is virtually no plot, just a series of scenes with her children and at work as a prostitute; blended in with all of this are scenes of other women in this line of work.

This "story" is told in a very interesting manner though, flowing between all these scenes and strung together by the whispers of an omnipresent male narrator as well as the women occasionally breaking the fourth wall and speaking to us directly. In addition, prostitution serves as an interesting metaphor; these are all women who appear to be middle-class, yet they are apparently forced into this lifestyle of exploitation by men.

This creates the gender divide recurring throughout the film. The women do what they need to in order to make ends meet, including resorting to prostitution. Meanwhile, the men often have their heads in the clouds, focusing on international politics or theory, lacking the practical "skill" the women employ.

I could follow the film through this much, but on top of this there was clearly a critical commentary on consumer culture and capitalism; it was hard for me to understand its place in all the action though, and the reversion to this theme made the end product seem a bit bloated to me, as if Godard tried to bite off more than he could chew.

This movie certainly reflects Godard's effort to surge into more serious territory, particularly gender politics. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her isn't for everybody, but it is good viewing for Godard aficionados. Most Americans (myself included) aren't very conscious of representations of feminism in other countries, so this film is particularly illuminating.
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"2 or 3 Things I Know About Her"(1967) is one of Godard's most complex films. With this film he leaves behind a lot of the playfulness and Film Noir like early films which he developed around his love of B American films, and instead enters a new terrain touched on earlier in "Vivre sa Vie"(1962) and some of his other films, which were more concerned with political/social ideas than entertainment. The germ of this film was based on a true story of a prostitute living on the outskirts of Paris amongst the new apartment developments. The movie has a curious mix of diverse elements that all seem to collide into an intelligible discourse on consumerism, pop culture, people, and their urban environments. This might not be everyone's cup of tea but if one likes to think and watch movies then this might be one to check out. This isn't a character driven film as it is more of a film about ideas that has a didactic but poetic quality about it.

This movie looks great as it has been remastered and comes with a booklet with articles discussing the themes of the film.
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