Masculin Féminin. 1966. France . Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. With Jean-Pierre Léaud. 103 min.
It’s not surprising that Godard’s deceptively charming observations on consumerism, the Vietnam War, and middle-class complacency in 1960s France would appeal to Club 57 New Yorkers in 1980. The “children of Marx and Coca-Cola" in both generations were similarly engaged in defining sex roles and finding their place in worlds where opportunities were questionable. Moreover, no single Godard film more clearly exemplifies the influence of the French New Wave on the aesthetics of Downtown No Wave filmmakers, giving them license to exploit urban landscapes while exploring episodic and inconclusive storytelling and off-the-cuff performance.