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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Pierrot Le Fou (1965)

A man (Jean Paul Belmondo) recently fired from his job and stuck in an unhappy marriage runs off with the babysitter (Anna Karina). They go on an aimless crime spree, robbing and killing, while both the law and the mobster they stole from go after them. One of the highpoints of Jean Luc Godard's filmography, PIERROT LE FOU is an exhilarating blend of cinematic technique, existential questions, political satire and movie love. It's both playful and provocative. On a strictly visual level, this is probably the handsomest of Godard's film, thanks to cinematographer Raoul Coutard Techniscope lensing. Inexplicably despite being a huge hit in France, it took four years for it to be released in the U.S. thus defusing the film's mixture of humor and violence that BONNIE AND CLYDE had echoed two years after PIERROT's European release. The film's fractured narrative is held together by the near iconic presence of Belmondo and the kitttenish amorality of Karina. A unique one of a kind film experience from one of the mavericks of world cinema. With Dirk Sanders, Graziella Galvani and as himself, the director Samuel Fuller.

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