Two restless young men (Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur) enlist the object of their desire (Anna Karina) to help them commit a robbery––in her own home. French New Wave pioneer Jean-Luc Godard takes to the streets of Paris to re-imagine the gangster genre, spinning an audacious yarn that’s at once sentimental and insouciant, romantic and melancholy. —The Criterion Collection
The lynchpin of the French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard was arguably the most influential filmmaker of the postwar era. Beginning with his groundbreaking 1959 feature debut A Bout de Souffle, Godard revolutionized the motion picture form, freeing the medium from the shackles of its long-accepted cinematic language by rewriting the rules of narrative, continuity, sound, and camera work. Later in his career, he also challenged the common means of feature production, distribution, and exhibition, all in an effort to subvert the conventions of the Hollywood formula to create a new kind of film.
Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children. After receiving his primary education in Nyon, Switzerland – during World War II, he became a naturalized Swiss citizen – he studied ethnology at the Sorbonne, but spent the vast majority of his days at the Cine-Club du Quartier Latin, where he first met fellow film fanatics Francois Truffaut and Jacques Rivette. In May… read more
" He doesn't come to English class anymore. He says England is done for. He's learning Chinese. "
Band of Outsiders 1964
Jean-Luc Godard does zany farce here grafting Hollywood B grade noir/musical on to the grim side of a wintry Paris giving us a pair of small time hoods… read review
Equal parts revolutionary, comedian, iconoclast, mountebank, agent provocateur and imp, Jean Luc Godard could offer surprisingly sweet subversions and Band Of Outsiders is a prime example. Made in… read review
The best of Godard’s early films (and of the French New Wave, barring maybe Trans-Europ-Express— Robbe-Grillet), and certainly not one of his (usually fascinating) ambitious failures, Band of Outsiders… read review