Bande À Part

Bande À Part

Synopsis

Gleefully putting into practice Griffith's maxim that all you need to make a film is a girl and a gun, Bande à Part is Godard's playful tribute to the Hollywood pulp crime movies of the Forties, executed with typically Gallic cool. Franz and Arthur, a couple of streetwise chancers, team up with the shy Odile (Anna Karina) to plan a robbery. As the trio of misfits roam the cafes of suburban Paris, do a lightning tour of the Louvre, and play-act shoot-outs, the suspicion grows that this is one heist that is not going to go according to plan. As well as superb photography by Raoul Coutard and music by Michel Legrand, Bande à Part – shot in just 25 days – features one of the most exhilarating dance sequences in film, which so impressed Quentin Tarantino that he paid homage to it with John Travolta and Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, and named his production company, Band A Part, after the film. Hal Hartley also paid homage to the sequence in Simple Men (1992).