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Use of Color in Une Femme est une Femme


Whatched this film for a color theory class and I am supposed to analyze the use of color in the film. Just looking for some other ideas and input. I would like others' analysis.

Thanks
Kelsey

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I was going to pose a similar question here some time ago after watching the film. I have a few thoughts, but mostly questions...
The dominant colours are Blue, White and Red... most obviously (to me) corresponding to the colours of the French flag... Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. Kieslowski [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001425/] used these three themes to great effect in his "Three Colours" trilogy, but as usual, one suspects that Godard has a more unique grammar in mind...
One thought that sprung to mind while I watched was that the colours represented degrees of freedom or even of civilisation. For instance Liberty (represented by Blue) is a basic human freedom (almost) everyone in a civilised society clearly understands. Equality (White) is the next in line in the evolution of a liberal, utopian civilisation.. (think womens lib, martin luther king). Great leaps and bounds took place in the 60's (and are still taking place) in terms of equality, but society is still far from "equal". Fraternity (Red) is the most idealistic state and the hardest to achieve - not only are all people equal, but they behave in brotherly fashion with each other.
Now I'm sure the themes also bear out pertinently amongst the intereactions of the three characters, I think I even remember assigning a colour to each of the three (Anna Karina was white), but as I say I'd need to watch the film again with this in mind.

On a seperate note, for comparisons in use of colour, Hitchcock is a good man to bear in mind... In particular Vertigo [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052357/], also the following Senses of Cinema article on Punch Drunk Love sprung to mind... [http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/05/35/pt_anderson.html]

Hope that's some help...

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throughout the whole movie, there are 3 main colours used....blue white and red. symbolises the french flag/

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Use of the tricolor (blue/white/red) is a staple of godard's films that he shot in color. He thought of himself as a painter when making films.

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I think that Godard's use of colour goes beyond any simple connotations with the French flag. To me, Godard's colour choices aren't symbolic, but are rather atmospheric. Contrast "Une Femme est une Femme" with "Contempt", for instance, and you can see how the colours support the feel of the films.

I love the idea of Godard as a painter.

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i don't understand why everyone insists on the three main colors used being blue/white/red, when it is evidently blue/yellow/red, which are the three primary colors.

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