Made in U.S.A

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With its giddily complex noir plot and color-drenched widescreen images, Made in U.S.A was a final burst of exuberance from Jean-Luc Godard’s early sixties barrage of delirious movie-movies. Yet this chaotic crime thriller and acidly funny critique of... read more

With its giddily complex noir plot and color-drenched widescreen images, Made in U.S.A was a final burst of exuberance from Jean-Luc Godard’s early sixties barrage of delirious movie-movies. Yet this chaotic crime thriller and acidly funny critique of consumerism—starring Anna Karina as the most brightly dressed private investigator in film history, searching for a former lover who might have been assassinated—also points toward the more political cinema that would come to define Godard. Featuring characters with names such as Richard Nixon, Robert McNamara, David Goodis, and Doris Mizoguchi, and appearances by a slapstick Jean-Pierre Léaud and a sweetly singing Marianne Faithfull, this piece of pop art is like a Looney Tunes rendition of The Big Sleep gone New Wave.

Original Release

12/03/1966

US Release

09/27/1967

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Cast

Anna Karina Paula Nelson / Paula Nelson (as AK)
László Szabó Richard Widmark / Richard Widmark (as LS)
Jean-Pierre Leaud Donald Siegel (as JPL) / Donald Siegel
Marianne Faithfull Marianne Faithfull (as MF) / Marianne Faithfull
Yves Afonso David Goodis / David Goodis (as YA)
Ernest Menzer Edgar Typhus
Kyôko Kosaka Doris Mizoguchi
Jean-Luc Godard Richard Politzer
Philippe Labro Self
Jean-Claude Bouillon Inspector Aldrich
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Jean-Luc Godard

Writers

Jean-Luc Godard, Donald E. Westlake

Cast

Anna Karina Paula Nelson / Paula Nelson (as AK)
László Szabó Richard Widmark / Richard Widmark (as LS)
Jean-Pierre Leaud Donald Siegel (as JPL) / Donald Siegel
Marianne Faithfull Marianne Faithfull (as MF) / Marianne Faithfull
Yves Afonso David Goodis / David Goodis (as YA)
Ernest Menzer Edgar Typhus
Kyôko Kosaka Doris Mizoguchi
Jean-Luc Godard Richard Politzer
Philippe Labro Self
Jean-Claude Bouillon Inspector Aldrich
Marc Dudicourt Barman
Rémo Forlani Workman in bar
Rita Maiden Woman Who Gives Paula Information
Claude Bakka Man with Marianne Faithfull
Daniel Bart Policeman
Jean-Pierre Biesse Richard Nixon
Fernand Coquet Bill Poster
Eliane Giovagnoli Dental Assistant
Sylvain Godet Robert MacNamara
Anne Guegan Girl in Bandages

Producers

Editors

Françoise Collin, Agnès Guillemot

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