Purposely breaks a lot of the "rules" of film and traditional cinema. That DOES make it an interesting watch in many ways. The colors and lighting are offbeat and intriguing, as well as the off-kilter narrative which is all over the place. I would say its highly dated at this point, but its a nice look into french filmmaking for the period.
i like Godard, i like that his characters shine mirrors on one another. i feel something when i watch his films and it is a feeling of shedding, a question can help peel back the layers. as if they ask in each scene ask who am i? it's an infinite search. i think all lovers should question each other.
I think there is a lot in here often disguised as humour but I think Godard makes fun of capitalism, consumerism, everything American, American cinema, love, relationships, love making you blind, the futility of war, the Vietnam war, on and on and on all wrapped in beautiful scenery, cinematography and colour.
When it comes to Godard, I find myself with mixed feelings. He has a lot of great ideas, he just tends to put them together in an incoherent, sometimes even obnoxious way. Things in a movie don’t have to be narrative, or even make sense, but for them to work for me as well as they can there needs to be a flow of some sort, some kind of rhythm. Though very loosely, Godard achieves that with this film.
« Je ne m'appelle pas Pierrot, je m'appelle Ferdinand ! » Too much intertextuality for my taste. I often feel excluded whenever I watch his movies, which is why I'lll probably never become a big Godard enthusiast, though I do have a certain love and adoration for French cinema.