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The Mother and the Whore (1973) - Jean Eustache

Related: realism in film - cinéma vérité - French cinema - 1973 films - May 1968 Paris revolts - Madonna-whore complex

This plotless film in a style seemingly borrowed from cinéma vérité documentaries is almost 4 hours long. It tries to capture real life in post-May 1968 France. A typical scene is one where Marie comes home, puts a record on the turntable and listens to it in real time. It was preceded by a similar 1969 American film called Coming Apart. [Aug 2006]

La Maman et La Putain / The Mother and the Whore (1973) - Jean Eustache [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]


The Mother and the Whore (La Maman et la putain) (1973) is a rambling, conversational 210-minute French film loosely about a threesome, that explores numerous themes: philosophical, sexual, and political. It was written and directed by Jean Eustache, and stars Jean-Pierre Léaud, Bernadette Lafont and Françoise Lebrun. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mother_and_the_Whore [Jan 2006]

In his 1974 top ten, Roger Ebert rated The Mother and the Whore third best after Scenes from a Marriage and Chinatown.

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