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Pierrot le Fou (1965)

Pierrot le fou (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 8 January 1969 (USA)
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Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writer:

Jean-Luc Godard
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Ferdinand Griffon, 'Pierrot' (as Jean Paul Belmondo)
Anna Karina ... Marianne Renoir
Graziella Galvani Graziella Galvani ... La femme de Ferdinand
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Storyline

Ferdinand Griffon, married to a wealthy Italian wife, has recently been fired from the television station where he worked. His wife forces him to go to a party at the home of her influential father, who wants to introduce him to a potential employer. Her brother brings babysitter Marianne Renoir to take care of their children. Feeling bored at the bourgeois party, Ferdinand borrows his brother-in-law's car to head home. He meets Marianne, who was his mistress five years ago and insists on calling him Pierrot, and offers to take her home. They spend the night together and he learns that she's involved in smuggling weapons. When terrorists chase her, they decide to leave Paris and his family behind and go on the run, on a crazy journey to nowhere. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

8 January 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pierrot le Fou See more »

Filming Locations:

Gonfaron, Var, France See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"La bande des pieds nicheles", read by Ferdinand, is a book of comic strips created by Louis Forton and published by the journal L'Épatant. See more »

Quotes

Ferdinard: Poetry is a game of loser-take-all.
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Alternate Versions

On the French Studio Canal Blu-Ray release, the green tinting is missing in the party scenes near the beginning of the film. It is intact on the American Criterion Collection Blu-Ray release. See more »

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Referenced in Godard in America (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Jamais je ne t'ai dit que je t'aimerai toujours
By Antoine Duhamel and Serge Rezvani
Performed by Anna Karina
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Old Art-house that does not stand the test of time
7 October 2013 | by badajoz-1See all my reviews

Godard gets 2 for trying to be different, but this early sixties, experimental, existential (it has to be, doesn't it?), barely plotted, inexplicable jumble of ideas, off the cuff meanderings, and comments on what was happening in the world at the time just does not stand the test of time. It now looks mannered, pretentious, tedious, pseudo-philosophical (as if made for an in-crowd seminar critique by Jean Paul Sartre and his Left Bank Gitanes-smoking cronies), experimental colour-laden because the Director could fiddle about in homage to his European contemporaries mess of a film. Yes, Godard was revered, but 'Alphaville' and 'Breathless' were fit for cinema - this only bores you to tears with his self-indulgence masquerading as 'IMPORTANT' cinema. Belmondo survives everything, and he does here, effortlessly reading philosophy at the same time as coolly romancing an out-of-reach femme fatale. Some of the sixties cinema was crap on reflection - and this is prime off-colour rump.


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