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A Girl Is a Gun (1971)

Une aventure de Billy le Kid (original title)
Despite most Cahiers du cinéma critics admired many western authors, when they themselves became filmmakers few dared to overtly revisit that genre. One year after Alejandro Jodorowsky's El...

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Despite most Cahiers du cinéma critics admired many western authors, when they themselves became filmmakers few dared to overtly revisit that genre. One year after Alejandro Jodorowsky's El topo and as Sergio Leone premiered A Fistful of Dollars, Moullet charges full steam ahead with a wild western starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, taking this genre and one of its key characters to unexpected territory.

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Not especially enjoyable.
20 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Luc Moullet apparently was making a film to cash in on the new craze of Italian westerns with this French western. However, being a New Wave writer/director, Moullet didn't seem concerned with the end product making much sense, having good pacing or being enjoyable to the audience.

Jean-Pierre Léaud, the darling of directors François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard (who put him in TONS of their films), plays the lead. But unlike a typical western hero, he really seems to have no back story or personality. All you really know is that he carries a bunch of sacks around in the desert and they're supposed to be filled with money. Along the way, he meets up with a lady--and then the film makes almost no sense at all. In fact, during some of the film, you see scenes repeated (rather randomly) and the story completely disintegrates. Aside from a little nudity and a funny scene (the only one) where the lady offers the guy sex to keep him moving when he's supposedly run out of energy in the desert, the film seems the type that only die-hard lovers of the French New Wave would enjoy. While not enjoyable, at least it was better than Moullet's previous film, "The Smugglers", which, incidentally, is on the same DVD with "A Girl is a Gun"! Uggh.


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