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Jean-Luc Godard's Vivre sa vie on Blu-ray and DVD in August

5 August 2015

Stylistically innovative and boasting several of the director and star’s most memorable moments, Vivre sa vie is an undiminished classic of the French New Wave.

By turns both playful and sad, Vivre sa vie borrows the aesthetics of cinéma vérité to present a captivating vision of 1960s Parisian street life and pop culture. Described as ‘a perfect film' by Susan Sontag, Jean-Luc Godard's compelling fourth feature presents 12 episodes in the life of Nana (wonderfully played by Godard’s muse, Anna Karina), a young Parisian who turns to prostitution after becoming disillusioned by poverty and her failing marriage.

Vivre sa vie will be released on UK Blu-ray and DVD on 24th August 2015 by the BFI at the RRP of £19,99 for either edition.

Featuring a newly remastered transfer (High Definition presentation on Blu-ray format), the release will have the following extras:

  • UK theatrical release version: alternative presentation incorporating English-language intertitles
    (Blu-ray only)

  • Feature length audio commentary by film critic Adrian Martin

  • Leslie Hardcastle introduces Vivre sa vie at the National Film Theatre (3 mins, 1968, audio only)

  • In conversation: Anna Karina and Alistair Whyte (1973, 37 mins): rare archival interview

  • Charlotte et Véronique, ou Tous les garçons s'appellent Patrick (Jean-Luc Godard, 1957, 21 mins)

  • Une Histoire d'eau (Jean-Luc Godard, 1958, 12 mins) delightful, romantic short co-directed by Truffaut

  • Charlotte et son Jules (Jean-Luc Godard, 1958, 13 mins)

  • Illustrated booklet featuring new writing by David Thompson and Virginie Sélavy and full film credits