Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), and leaves the bourgeoisie behind. Yet this is no normal road trip: genius auteur Jean-Luc Godard’s tenth feature in six years is a stylish mash-up of consumerist satire, politics, and comic-book aesthetics, as well as a violent, zigzag tale of, as Godard called them, “the last romantic couple.” With blissful color imagery by cinematographer Raoul Coutard and Belmondo and Karina at their most animated, Pierrot le fou is one of the high points of the French New Wave, and was Godard’s last frolic before he moved ever further into radical cinema. —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
My love and hate relationship with French, poetic films is always put to the test when watching Godard's films. Some of 'em I love, others I despise. This film, I loved. It hasn't completely turned abstract and poetic to the extent of getting tired of it, but actually has a very nice balance between concrete plot and poetic absurdism. It was also so stylishly shot! Definitely one of my favorites by Godard.
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Jean-Luc Godard came to this, his 10th feature film as an artist and a man in crisis. Artistically he was unsure of the source material that he’d committed to some years prior, his political attitude… read review
Today I walked into my tiny walk in closet where I saw this film earlier in the day and found it amusing that in that little space, I entered inside such a colorful and vibrant lifestyle of bonnie… read review
Tout d’abord sachez que l’auteur de ces lignes considère Pierrot le fou comme un chef d’œuvre et ne saurait être objectif, pas le moins du monde. Ceci étant dit, certains éléments pourront peut-être… read review