Friday, February 22, 2008

Godard Redux

ImagePierrot le Fou (Criterion)
Jean-Luc Godard was at the peak of his cinematic powers in 1965, churning out movies the way cats shed fur, including this spoof of/homage to gangster movies. It stars Jean-Paul Belmondo (from Godard’s debut, Breathless) and Godard’s then-wife, Anna Karina, as lovers on the lam. Godard has enormous fun deconstructing the pop culture of the day while serving up constant allusions to other movies and artists. If Pierrot le Fou ultimately adds up to much ado about nothing, it is one of the director’s most visually ravishing pictures, shot by that peerless cinematographer, Raoul Coutard.
Extras: New Karina interview, archival interviews, documentary and featurette.

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