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Jean-Luc Godard

Made in U.S.A is a 1966 French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Greatly inspired by the Howard Hawks film The Big Sleep and unofficially based on the novel The Jugger, by Richard Stark (aka Donald E. Westlake), it stars Anna Karina, Jean-Pierre Léaud, László Szabó and Yves Afonso. Because neither Godard or the producer paid the book's adaptation rights and following legal action by Westlake, the film has been more or less unavailable in the United States. Marianne Faithfull has a cameo in a cafe scene where she sings "As Tears Go By".

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Plot

Paula Nelson (Anna Karina), a female version of Humphrey Bogart's hardboiled detectives, goes to Atlantic City to meet her lover, Richard Politzer, at an unknown point in the future (maybe 1969). Once there, she learns that Richard is dead and decides to investigate his death. In her hotel room, she meets Typhus, who she ends up knocking out. His dead corpse is later found in the apartment of David Goodis (Yves Afonso), a writer. Paula is arrested to be interrogated because of the death of Typhus. From then on, she encounters many gangsters.

Cast

Production

The movie was shot at the same time as Two or Three Things I Know About Her. Godard did it to help his friend and producer, Georges de Beauregard, in difficulties after the censure of La Religieuse, a movie by Jacques Rivette, that he produced.

This is the last full-length movie where Anna Karina and Jean-Luc Godard collaborated. He again directed her in a segment (called "Anticipation, ou: l'amour en l'an 2000" (Anticipation: or Love in the Year 2000)) of the movie Le plus vieux métier du monde (1967).

Trivia

Marianne Faithfull has a cameo in a cafe scene where she sings "As Tears Go By".





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