Pierrot le fou

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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 c… More >>

Pierrot le fou

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  1. It’s beneath the artist to explain his work. You’ll just have to figure out the meaning of my review’s title on your own.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. I first viewed this great work with Jose Fernandez, who was delivering a series of lectures here in Southern California, where he alleged that many film directors use archive footage of Popitekus for dermatophytic purposes. He highly recommended “Pierrot le Fou” as a key example of a director who strives to accomplish just the opposite. Jean Luc Godard presents a dithyrambic forage that successfully quenches any student’s thirst for a portrait of jaspoid intrusion, brimful with jessant heraldry, yet not lacking in brilliant Manichean humor.

    Don’t get me wrong; Jean Luc-Godard is no René Cardonas. This bold attempt at cinematic brilliance merely mimics the magasame visions that Cardonas acheived from the late 1950s through 1965. While I must praise Godard for presenting a message in which the main protaganist strives for something greater than his mundane existence, certain portions of the film bear the propensity to contrive the real message. By throwing in the melodramatic suggestion of gangsters attempting to thwart the heroine’s means, the thesis becomes overstated. I find it sad to think that perhaps Godard, deep inside, feels he lacks what great directors like René Cardonas and Doris Wishman possess. This film is well worth purchasing until the films of the late Cardonas become available on DVD. In the meantime, “Pierrot le Fou” is worth your time.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Very dated, what a show off Godard is, he just can’t wait to show what an arty intellectual he thinks he is. Ideas obviously taken from the trendy ideas of its time- Barthes, Brecht and Neo-Marxism. It’s very easy to be oppositional, but more difficult to take that further by suggesting solutions. Just doing what is opposite to the dominant ideology of Hollywood cinema is conceptually easy. He trivalises political issues, how politically serious is he? what political action has he actually taken? Film should be more appropriately named “look what an incredibly intellectual I am”
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. Pierrot le fou, French for “Pierrot the Fool” although “Fou” is French for “Crazy”, is a movie about a French man upset with his marriage and who goes on a crime spree across France with his ex-girlfriend. They steala car and go off. One memorable scene is when the go to the beach and drive the car into the water. I found the film hard to follow and don’t remember much of it though.

    This is a 2 disc set with all of the special features in disc two. They are, a theatrical trailer, an interview with actress Anna Karina, “A “Pierrot” Primer”, a look at the film with commentary by Jean-Pierre Gorin, “Godard, l’amour, la poésie”, a documentary about director Jean-Luc Goddard and his marriage to Anna Karina, and archival interviews with Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina, and Jean-Paul Belmondo.

    This is a classic film but can be hard to follow for some people.

    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. If you enjoy thinking too much about bad B-movies you’ll love this film
    Rating: 2 / 5

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