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Color Block: Made in U.S.A.

 Anna Karina stars in  Made in U.S.A.

A lesser-known (in the U.S., ironically) entry in Jean-Luc Godard's legendary filmography, Made in U.S.A. features Anna Karina in her last performance for the iconic director. Due to legal issues, the film is rarely screened in the States, but the Criterion Collection offers a beautifully-restored print that gives the feature new life.

Plot wise, Made in U.S.A. is a near-future noir about a woman traveling from Paris to Atlantic City to find the men who murdered her boyfriend. Gangsters, neon signs, philosophical discussions, shoe slapping, and a challenging narrative abound in this intriguing film that often leaves viewers scratching their heads.

Despite the demanding plot, Made in U.S.A.'s stunning visuals are a feast for the senses. The legendary director's eye for detail is on display throughout, as the characters are dressed in vivid 1960's fashions that beautifully complement the color-drenched cinematography. From color blocking, bold patterns, and trench coats, to fedoras, smokey eyes, and gradient-tint glasses, Made in U.S.A. offers a range of style ideas for fashion lovers.

Released in 1966. Starring Anna Karina and Jean-Pierre Léaud.