Jean-Pierre Léaud is featured as a slapstick tough guy named Donald Siegel in Godard’s harsh goodbye to ex-wife Anna Karina—a looney adaptation of Donald Westlake’s Richard Stark novel The Jugger, reshaped by the details of the Ben Barka affair. Seemingly 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 Made in U.S.A, Godard began shooting 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her.