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Pierrot le fou

Jean-Luc Godard

 
Pierrot le fou (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Out of Print
  • France
  • 1965
  • 110 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • French
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  • Spine #421

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 was Godard’s last frolic before he moved ever further into radical cinema.

Cast

Ferdinand GriffonJean-Paul Belmondo
Marianne RenoirAnna Karina
Mrs. GriffonGraziella Galvani
FredDirk Sanders
Man on pierRaymond Devos
GangsterRoger Dutoit
GangsterHans Meyer

Credits

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Raoul Coutard, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interview with actor Anna Karina
  • A “Pierrot” Primer, a new video program with audio commentary by filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin
  • Godard, l’amour, la poésie, a fifty-minute French documentary about director Jean-Luc Godard and his work and marriage with Karina
  • Archival interview excerpts with Godard, Karina, and actor Jean-Paul Belmondo
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Richard Brody, a 1969 review by Andrew Sarris, and a 1965 interview with Godard

    New cover by Steve Chow

Film Essays

Pierrot le fou: Self-Portrait in a Shattered Lens

By Richard BrodySeptember 22, 2009

In February 1964, while shooting Band of Outsiders, Jean-Luc Godard announced his plans for a . . . Read more »

Video


Clippings

Cover Story

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Film Essays

Pierrot le fou: Self-Portrait in a Shattered Lens

By Richard BrodySeptember 22, 2009

In February 1964, while shooting Band of Outsiders, Jean-Luc Godard announced his plans for a . . . Read more »


On Five

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