Godard’s harsh goodbye to his ex-wife Anna Karina began as an adaptation of Donald Westlake’s Richard Stark novel The Jugger, and was re-shaped by the details of the Ben Barka affair. Shot almost as quickly as A Married Woman, Made in U.S.A. seems to have been composed almost intuitively, one Cinemascope canvas and close-up of Karina at a time. The film was made in the midst of a great burst of artistic energy and productivity: a little more than a week after he finished shooting Made in U.S.A., Godard began shooting Two or Three Things I Know About Her and at some point he created the trailer for Bresson’s Mouchette.