Saturday, November 17, 2007

Pierrot le Fou

OFFScreen Presents
Pierrot le Fou
A film by Jean-Luc Godard - France/Italy, 1965- 110 min.
Sunday, November 18
7:00 & 9:30 PM
Newcomb Hall Theater
Tickets $3

At turns a cross-country crime movie, a misogynist romance, a critique of the Vietnam war, and a meditation on the grammar of cinema, Pierrot le Fou marks a turning point in the career of Jean-Luc Godard. Combining the pop culture-laden playfulness of his early period with the militant political crusade of his works to follow, this film showcases the director's manic talents in an approachable format. As Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) abandons his wife to go on the lam with the babysitter (Anna Karina), it becomes clear that the plot serves mainly as a canvas for Godard's basic cinematic delights: bold splashes of saturated color, the feminine form, American cars, shifts in style and narrative, and sneakily complex editing and camerawork. Even after forty years, the film's "power to overwhelm and offend is undiminished." (Anthony Lane, The New Yorker)

Click here to read Anthony Lane's full review.

Additionally, this is the second and final installment in our Jean-Luc Godard Director's Series. Ari Blatt from the French Department will be present after the 7pm screening to lead a short discussion on the film and also the more general scope of Jean-Luc Godard's work.


At 10:23 AM, Blogger Muratos said...

A cool French movie classic, one of the best works of Belmondo. You can read reviews about other classic french films here.


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