Une femme coquette (found Jean-Luc Godard short; 1955)
Renowned French New Wave director, Jean-Luc Godard.
Date found: 18 Feb '17
Found by: David Heslin
Une femme coquette (A Flirtatious Woman) is a short film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, a famous director from the French New Wave, in 1955. The film is about a woman who attempts to attract a man by emulating what she sees a prostitute do. The result of her attempt isn't revealed in the film, but the film holds symbolic and personal relevance to Godard's career, as he attempted to imitate other directors in his work,Everything is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard by Richard Brody (2009).
An extensive article on the A.V. Club website details one cinephile's long, fruitless search for the film. A scan of an old program listing for the Museum of Modern Art shows that the short screened on February 16, 1968. The author also states the 16 mm film is screened publicly "at most twice a decade". The latest known screening of the film was in early 2014 at a Godard retrospective being shown at the Toronto International Film Festival. There is no written indication of how these festival organizers obtained a copy or who the current owners are.
- Wikipedia article. Retrieved 29 Mar '16.
- AV Club article. Retrieved 29 Mar '16.
- Second AV Club article on the finding of the film. Retrieved 15 Oct '17.