Watch: Jean-Luc Godard’s Short ‘Une femme coquette’
Une femme coquette (A Flirtatious Woman), a no-budget short made in 1955 by Jean-Luc Godard appeared on YouTube.
Shot on 16mm camera by a 24-year-old amateur with no formal film school training, the film is about a woman who attempts to attract a man by emulating what she sees a prostitute do.
In 2014, the A.V. Club film critic Ignatiu Vishnevetsky wrote an essay about his quest for a screening of the film calling it “the most elusive rarity of the French New Wave.” Une femme coquette was posted on February 15 by user David Heslin with little fanfare and out of nowhere. Watch it below:
The short film is based on the story Le Signe (The Signal), by Guy de Maupassant. It is a nine-minute story of a woman who decides to copy the gesture she has seen a prostitute make to passing men. Then a young man, played by Roland Tolmatchoff, responds. In Maupassant’s original tale the scene takes place indoors, the woman having signaled from her window, but in Godard’s revision the characters meet by a bench on the Ile Rousseau in Geneva.