Jean-Luc Godard

Pierrot le fou

Pierrot le fou

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 bourgeois world behind. Yet this is no normal road trip: the tenth feature in six years by genius auteur Jean-Luc Godard is a stylish mash-up of anticonsumerist satire, au courant 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.

Film Info

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview with actor Anna Karina from 2007
  • A “Pierrot” Primer, a video essay from 2007 written and narrated by filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin
  • Godard, l’amour, la poésie, a fifty-minute French documentary from 2007, directed by Luc Lagier, about director Jean-Luc Godard and his work and marriage with Karina
  • Excerpts of interviews from 1965 with Godard, Karina, and actor Jean-Paul Belmondo
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Richard Brody, along with (Blu-ray only) a 1969 review by Andrew Sarris and a 1965 interview with Godard
  • New cover by Steve Chow
  • Purchase Options

    Coming soon, available Oct 6, 2020

    Special Features

    • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Interview with actor Anna Karina from 2007
    • A “Pierrot” Primer, a video essay from 2007 written and narrated by filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin
    • Godard, l’amour, la poésie, a fifty-minute French documentary from 2007, directed by Luc Lagier, about director Jean-Luc Godard and his work and marriage with Karina
    • Excerpts of interviews from 1965 with Godard, Karina, and actor Jean-Paul Belmondo
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Richard Brody, along with (Blu-ray only) a 1969 review by Andrew Sarris and a 1965 interview with Godard
  • New cover by Steve Chow
  • Pierrot le fou
    Cast
    Jean-Paul Belmondo
    Ferdinand Griffon
    Anna Karina
    Marianne Renoir
    Graziella Galvani
    Mrs. Griffon
    Dirk Sanders
    Fred
    Raymond Devos
    Man on pier
    Roger Dutoit
    Gangster
    Hans Meyer
    Gangster
    Credits
    Screenplay
    Jean-Luc Godard
    Producer
    Georges de Beauregard
    Director
    Jean-Luc Godard
    Cinematography
    Raoul Coutard

    From The Current

    Godard in Fragments
    Godard in Fragments

    Regular Criterion Collection contributor :: kogonada explores the innovative cinematic lexicon Godard developed in the fifteen features he made between 1960 and 1967.

    By Kogonada

    Sofia Bohdanowicz and Deragh Campbell’s Top 10
    Sofia Bohdanowicz and Deragh Campbell’s Top 10

    The directors of MS Slavic 7 pick a selection of favorite films that highlight what they find mysterious and exciting about the cinematic art form.

    Paweł Pawlikowski’s Top 10
    Paweł Pawlikowski’s Top 10

    The Oscar-winning director of Ida and Cold War walks through key periods in his life that have been shaped by his favorite films, including masterpieces by Godard, Malick, and Tarkovsky.

    Anna Karina’s Closet Picks
    Anna Karina’s Closet Picks

    The incomparable French icon visited during a rare visit to New York and made a stop in our film closet to reminisce about her groundbreaking work with Jean-Luc Godard, acting for Agnès Varda in Cléo from 5 to 7, her affection for Charlie Chaplin,

    Laura Mulvey’s Top 10
    Laura Mulvey’s Top 10

    Film theorist Laura Mulvey is one of cinema’s most influential thinkers.

    Explore

    Anna Karina

    Actor

    Anna Karina
    Anna Karina

    Anna Karina has written and directed films, taken on prominent stage roles (including in plays directed by Jacques Rivette and Ingmar Bergman), had a successful singing career, and written four novels, but, of course, she is cited most often as Jean-Luc Godard’s New Wave muse and first wife. Godard decided he wanted to put her on-screen after seeing her in a sudsy Palmolive ad on television in the late 1950s. Though she turned down a small (nude) role in Breathless, she was soon cast in Godard’s next film, Le petit soldat (1961), at age twenty, and would go on to appear in six more of his films during the sixties, including the iconic Vivre sa vie and Band of Outsiders (she and Godard would also cameo together in Agnès Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7). Though their cinematic collaboration seemed harmonious, behind the scenes, their relationship was tumultuous and bitter, made all the more difficult by the fact that it was under constant public scrutiny. Their three-year marriage ended in 1964, though they continued to work together until 1966. Karina stayed with film acting in the coming decades, working with such directors as Rivette, Luchino Visconti, George Cukor, Tony Richardson, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.