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Pierrot le fou (BFI Top 50) (=42) Pierrot le fou (BFI Top 50) (=42)

Riffing on the classic couple-on-the run movie, enfant terrible Jean-Luc Godard took the narrative innovations of the French New Wave close to breaking point. Riffing on the classic couple-on-the run movie, enfant terrible Jean-Luc Godard took the narrative innovations of the French New Wave close to breaking point.
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Hollywood classics such as You Only Live Once (1937) and They Live by Night (1948) had long established the archetype of doomed, criminal lovers taking to the road to escape their fate. Continuing his headlong reinvention of cinema (this was his tenth film in six years), Jean-Luc Godard used the model to tell the story of what he called the “last romantic couple”: a Parisian (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and his babysitter (Godard’s then-wife Anna Karina) who take off for the south of France with a cache of gunrunning money.

In true Godardian style, the flimsy plot played coathanger for satirical digressions (on commercialism and the Vietnam war), kaleidoscopic stylistic devices, sunny musical numbers and a merciless examination of male-female incompatibility, shot in intoxicating primary colours by Raoul Coutard.

DVD Extras

  • Colin McCabe Introduction
  • Trailer
  • German TV Spot
  • Poster
  • Credits

Blu-ray Extras

As DVD plus:

  • Godard, Love and Poetry; Documentary
  • Film analysis by Jean-Bernard Pouy

Hollywood classics such as You Only Live Once (1937) and They Live by Night (1948) had long established the archetype of doomed, criminal lovers taking to the road to escape their fate. Continuing his headlong reinvention of cinema (this was his tenth film in six years), Jean-Luc Godard used the model to tell the story of what he called the “last romantic couple”: a Parisian (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and his babysitter (Godard’s then-wife Anna Karina) who take off for the south of France with a cache of gunrunning money.

In true Godardian style, the flimsy plot played coathanger for satirical digressions (on commercialism and the Vietnam war), kaleidoscopic stylistic devices, sunny musical numbers and a merciless examination of male-female incompatibility, shot in intoxicating primary colours by Raoul Coutard.

DVD Extras

  • Colin McCabe Introduction
  • Trailer
  • German TV Spot
  • Poster
  • Credits

Blu-ray Extras

As DVD plus:

  • Godard, Love and Poetry; Documentary
  • Film analysis by Jean-Bernard Pouy

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5060034578833
Catalogue Number DVD: OPTD0826 | Blu-ray: OPTBD0826
Subtitle a film by Jean-Luc Godard
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1965
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Studio Canal
Countries France, Italy
Aspect ratio 1.33:1
Colour Colour
Subtitles DVD: English | Blu-ray: English / German / Swedish / Danish / Dutch / Norwegian / Japanese / Finnish / Portuguese / Castilian Spanish / Latin American Spanish
Language(s) DVD: French | Blu-ray (alt. soundtracks): English / French / German / Spanish
Running time 105 mins
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region A & B
Certificate 15

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