Bande à part (Band of Outsiders) (1964)
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 fatalism and starry-eyed naïveté that is, by turns, appealing and tragic. Trivia buffs should note that the film gave its name to Quentin Tarantino's production company (A Band Apart), and several of its scenes are echoed in his Pulp Fiction. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Bande à part (Band of Outsiders)
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.
Besides being a stirring portrait of a youth culture in crisis, the film is very charming and accessible - especially for anyone that's experienced teen alienation...at once a snapshot in time and a timeless piece of cinema.
So polished and assured it casts the supremely difficult illusion of being easy to make.
The film sees Godard parsing out his feelings for Karina, then his wife, and meditating on the mercurial nature of his own preoccupations.
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.
For movie lovers, it's pure joy.
This great film is ultimately only gently reproachful of the corrosive effects of American pop culture on our sensibilities
As an exhilarating challenge to familiar filmmaking, it stands alongside Breathless, Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux, Masculin, féminin, and Weekend, as Godard's finest work.
I find the plot of Band of Outsiders uninteresting, the characters Arthur and Franz interchangeable, the innovations pointless and the overall experience unsatisfying.
Audience Reviews for Bande à part (Band of Outsiders)
Two young would be criminals obsessed with old Hollywood B-movies compete for the affections of the same woman, and also try to get her to help them commit a robbery...in her own home in this breezy adaptation of the novel Fool's Gold. It's Godard once again giving the world a hip, cool, and jazzy tale involving crime and disaffected youths, yet doing so in a very fun and stylish way that tweaks conventions and expectations, and gets all kinds of praise and proves very influential to many a viewer, namely Tarantino.
I dug this film, and found it to be quite enjoyable, and while it is more accessible than Breathless, it's also kinda underwhelming and struck me as somewhat overrated. There's some fun and memorable sequences, including the world record-breaking run through the Louvre, the "minute of silence", and the infectiously fun dance scene, but the film didn't really strike me as gut punchingly lasting. There's perhaps a bit more substance than maybe I picked up on, but maybe I was just too preoccupied with all the style, aesthetics, and the beauty of Anna Karina to notice.
Do I recommend it? Yeah. I don't think it's a masterpiece, but I am glad I saw it, and think it's a passable way to spend some time, especially if you want to be more familiar with one of the most revered directors in all of cinema.
Band Of Outsiders is an influential French New Wave classic by Jean-Luc Godard that features a relaxed and youthful band of three scheming an inside robbery. Endearing. Appealing.More
"A few clues for latecomers: Several weeks ago... A pile of money... An English class... A house by the river... A romantic young girl..."
Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.
Very much in the same vein as his break-out hit Breathless, Band of Outsiders works just the way it is supposed to, an homage to the pulp crime novels and B- movies of America. Here, however, it is all set to the gorgeous and timeless scenery of Paris along with three very bright and engaging people. Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur play Franz and Arthur, two young men who seem to be going nowhere in life except the occasional English class and cruising around in their speedy black, American car. They meet up with a girl they both admire, Odile, played wonderfully by the beautiful Anna Karina, and soon are setting up a plot to steal money from her aunt's boarding house.
This is about all the plot there is and about all the plot there needs to be. Since this is based on a dime-store novel by Dolores Hitchens, Godard knew that the climax would be the actual crime. However, what to fill the rest of the time with? Perhaps a fantastic dance number right in the middle of a Parisian restaurant, or the famous scene of the three characters running through the great halls of the Louvre. There are also some very interesting dialog scenes, such as when Arthur and Odile discuss why they like each other, or Arthur and Franz exchanging morbid stories from the newspaper.
Like most of Godard's other work, many people will be turned off by his eccentric, offbeat cinematic version of the human condition. Indeed, although he was heavily inspired by American crime tales such as Orson Welles' Touch of Evil, there is a definite French twist here which is all the more entertaining for us. Still, this is certainly one of Godard's best work; completely original and thought-provoking as well as shot in beautiful, stark black-and-white cinematography that captures the rough and rugged era of Paris. Keep your mind open to the possibilities and you may just learn something... or nothing.
godards cool and sleek robbery film is a unique addition to the genre. its hard to call this a heist film since the actual robbery is poorly planned and takes very little running time, but the circumstances surrounding the robbery make for a very interesting film. the dance sequence in the cafe had charm and the characters were so flawed that i couldnt help but wonder how things would turn out for all of them. karina played her character with a great blend of sex appeal and innocence, and the "real time" layout of the events made for a very realistic experience. with the solid dialogue as the main feature, godards most melvillian film is a good one.More
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