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11 - 26 November 2022: Pierrot le fou

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Pierrot le fou
Jean-Luc Godard, 1965, 110 min
French with English subtitles

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: 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 colour 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 even further into radical cinema.


Showing as part of our year long tribute: Au Contraire: Jean-Luc Godard