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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 one last frolic before Godard moved ever further into radical cinema.
Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is a man who has married for money and is terribly disillusioned with his life. When forced to go to a dinner party he does not want to attend, he throws a temper tantrum and returns home early. When driving Marianne (Anna Karina), the babysitter, back home, they fall in love and decide to run away from Paris. They embark on a series of escapades that begins with running illegal arms for extra cash and runs the gamut: love, death, ennui, boat chases, murder, betrayal, revenge, lost cash, and almost anything else you can think of, and all with a sense of reality that is an interesting contrast to the typical American film. Jean-Luc Godard (Breathless, Alphaville) blends different genres with great success and achieves moments of cinematic poetry in this quasi-epic of modern malaise. Also a cameo by the Hollywood director Samuel Fuller is something to watch for. Be aware that Godard is for people seriously interested in cinematic art. --James McGrath
Never convinced that the bulk of Jean-Luc Godard's films were little more than pretentious nonsense, I recently decided to reacquaint myself with some of his films to see if the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Alan. J. Reynolds
The French New Wave drew much inspiration from American crime stories, and Jean-Luc Godard's 1965 film PIERROT LE FOU has a plot that is essentially simple: Ferdinand (Jean-Paul... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher Culver
A Pop Art masterpiece, and one of the most exquisitely beautiful colour films ever made.Published 1 month ago by Philip Bellew
It is a major work of French cinema. Should be in the film library of all who enjoy the cinema.Published 12 months ago by Roberto Nogueira
One of the most obtuse of Jean Luc Goddard's french new wave films. The subtleties of the film make it visually beautifully in respect to costume and cinematography but hard to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nneya S. Richards
Make some popcorn, snuggle up to your partner, cat, dog, teddybear whatever and get ready for a cinematic treat. Goddard is a genius! Read morePublished 18 months ago by jiiah
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|Pete the Madman?||
It is the commedia dell'arte character. A more accurate translation is "Pierrot the Fool." Pierrot being the naive, lovestruck, melancholy clown oblivious to reality. Hence the reference to Belmondo's character.
Feb 16, 2008 by Peter | See all 2 posts
|BD is still available at Criterion.com||
Thanks for the message! I already ordered some extra copies.
Feb 19, 2010 by Taylor T. Carlson | See all 5 posts
|Criterion BD of Pierrot le Fou is going OOP||Be the first to reply|
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