Bande à part (Band of Outsiders) (1964)
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One of pioneering director Jean-Luc Godard's most accessible films is this French spin on Dolores Hitchens' novel Fool's Gold. It tells the tale of three disaffected youths who plan a burglary, leading to deadly results. The alienated young trio is marvelous, particularly Anna Karina, and the early scenes of their clearly overdeveloped fantasy lives are splendidly handled. Something of a companion piece to Godard's classic À Bout de Souffle, its young characters have the same odd mixture of
Mar 15, 1964 Wide
Jan 7, 2003
Royal Films International
This 1964 feature remains one of Godard's most appealing and underrated films, relatively relaxed and strangely optimistic.
As charming as seasoned film buffs remember and as refreshing as initiates expect.
It's as if a French poet took an ordinary banal American crime novel and told it to us in terms of the romance and beauty he read between the lines.
So polished and assured it casts the supremely difficult illusion of being easy to make.
Jean-Luc Godard's most deliberately frivolous film remains a light-touch slice of New Wave romanticism.
The film sees Godard parsing out his feelings for Karina, then his wife, and meditating on the mercurial nature of his own preoccupations.
Band of Outsiders is the celebration of amateur cinema that Godard had been reaching for since Breathless but hadn't been able to reach yet because - to modify a line from Elvis Costello - he kept on getting in the way.
An early masterpiece from Godard, trail-blazing, involving and charmingly enjoyable.
One of Godard's most accessible pictures. A good place to learn how much of a debt modern cinema owes him.
One must remember that even a lesser Godard is likely to be much more stimulating than another director's better films.
A pair of set pieces -- the trio dancing in unison in a bar and their famous 9-minute, 43-second run through the Louvre -- make the movie worthwhile alone, but the disjointed, meandering, and somewhat random narrative isn't anything to write home about.
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