Master of the French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard's (Breathless) first film, a short titled 'Une Femme Coquette' (A Flirtatious Woman) has been posted on YouTube. 'Une Femme Coquette', Godard's first foray into narrative film was shot in 1955 in Geneva and never officially distributed. It's only ever had a handful of screenings since. Each engagement had to be requested through the private individual that owned a print and then approved by Godard himself, hence its scarcity.
Now an enterprising young man named David Heslin has posted it on YouTube. The posting is credited to a “Hans Lucas”. Lucas was the name Godard would sometimes use while moonlighting as a film critic for a short while.
'Une Femme Coquette' stars Maria Lysandre as our flirtatious woman and Godard himself shows up with his trademark sunglasses. Take a look at one of the holy grails of cinema.