Anna Karina and La Nouvelle Vague

Enjoy a dose of French style portrayed in ‘Vivre Sa Vie’ by filmmaker Jean Luc Godard and through the performance of Anna Karina.

“After all, everything is beautiful, you don’t need to be interested in things to see them beautiful. If, after all, things are what they are, nothing more. A message is a message, dishes are dishes, men are men, and life is life.”

These are the lines Nana says to her friend Yvette in a café, one of the most memorable scenes in ‘Vivre Sa Vie’, directed by Jean Luc Godard and starring Anna Karina; an impressive duo of cinema’s history and the Nouvelle Vague, that new French way of making films in the late ‘50s.

In this movie, Anna Karina plays the role of Nana Kleinfrankenheim, a young girl dreaming of being an actress ending up in prostitution as her means of survival. The portrait is not harsh but sublime and minimalistic.

Black and white is Godard’s election for this story in which Karina acts moving her head flaunting a short bob with bangs styled with bands, and always trying to put a smile upon her everyday experiences.

Nana’s acting arc reflects on her clothes, starting with discrete dark trench coats over the skirts and white blouses. Step by step she adds spark to her outfits like metallic belts, deep neck tops, and bolero embellishments.

At the climax, she dances with a beautiful black coat with fluffy details on the wrists and neck creating a memorable contrast.

Then she settles down again in a gray range of cardigans and takes off the previous bold accessories.

At the ending, which I won’t describe to not incur into spoilers, Nana dresses an over the knee skirt, a white shirt, and a beige trench coat a combination that heightens the light of the scene, the unpredictable final cut.

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