May, 1964 – Godard meets Luigi Chiarini, the director of the Venice Film Festival, who tells him that he is sorry to have missed the chance to present the premiere of Band of Outsiders. Godard tells Chiarini that he can have another movie ready by August, goes to Columbia Pictures and pitches a story of adultery to be called The Married Woman, and hires Macha Méril to play the lead. Godard shares his idea with Truffaut, and promises to move away from the direction that Truffaut had pursued with The Soft Skin. The result is an exciting hybrid of fiction and documentary, admired in Venice (yes, he made it in three months), initially banned by the censorship board, then approved after minor cuts and a change in the title from The to A.