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Une femme coquette

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Une femme coquette
Directed byJean-Luc Godard
Screenplay byJean-Luc Godard
Based onLe Signe
by Guy de Maupassant
  • Maria Lysandre
  • Roland Tolma
CinematographyJean-Luc Godard
Edited byJean-Luc Godard
Release date
Running time
9 minutes

Une femme coquette (A Flirtatious Woman) (1955) was the first of four short fiction films made by French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard preceding his work in feature-length narrative film.

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.[1]


  • Maria Lysandre as The Woman
  • Roland Tolma as The Man

Film data

  • Runtime: 9 min
  • Country: France
  • Language: French
  • Color: Black and White

See also


  1. ^ Richard Brody, Everything is Cinema, p.34

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