Vivre sa vie (My Life to Live) is a 1962 French New Wave drama film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. It was a turning point for Godard and remains one of his most dynamic films, combining brilliant visual design with a tragic character study.
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The lovely Anna Karina, Godard’s greatest muse, plays Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress but instead ends up a prostitute, her downward spiral depicted in a series of discrete tableaux of daydreams and dances.
Featuring some of Karina and Godard’s most iconic moments—from her movie theater vigil with The Passion of Joan of Arc to her seductive pool-hall strut—Vivre sa vie is a landmark of the French New Wave that still surprises at every turn.
In the United Kingdom, Vivre sa vie was released under the title It’s My Life. It was shot over the course of four weeks for $40,000. The film was the fourth most popular movie at the French box office in its year of release. It won the Grand Jury Prize in 1962 Venice Film Festival.
These vintage photos captured beautiful portraits of Anna Karina during the filming of Vivre sa vie in 1962.