Posted on 9/19/11 12:42 PM
Pierrot le fou is Jean-Luc Godard's collaboration with probably his famoust actors Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo. This time the director not only impresses with unique style but tells rather odd but cinematic story which may not be understood by all.
The main difference in this film is the story. It doesn't brake any narrative rules nor does it invent something new. What it does is showing lively unlively reality which you'll figure out soon is more a different world. A world of cinema. Many things might look silly or even offensive especially if someone doesn't have any sense of humour. All that happens happens in the fictional universe and Godard makes sure that fiction won't mix up with the reality. That is quite an achievment. You will be taken away all the film and if you'll let that happen you won't be dissapointed.
Actually director didn't had a script while shooting. Everything was improvised by him. Despite having no physical script he was very precise about what he wants to see on screen. That's especially visable in acting. In first minutes of film you may not understand characters at all but after a while you'll start to get them. I don't know if it's Godard's ability to set the right conditions for the actors or their ability to listen but every performance you'll see willl make you believe in story even at times where there will be no sense at all. In other words you won't even notice somoene acting. As the films takes place in the realm of cinema acting obeys to the realm of cinema. It's worth to see this film just for performances.
But those things are probably the last you'll notice. What really stands out in Pierrot Le Fou is Godard's direction. This film has one of the best scenes in history of cinema. The way many things evolves is often suprising. There are a lot of well paced scenes. Like the beatch and the moon scene. It's hilarious but outstanding at the same time. The cinematography also takes unseen hights as I can bravely say that this is the most beautifull colour film ever made. I can't tell how beautifull it is you just have to see it for yourself.
Despite all that it has some drawbacks. One of them is pacing of the whole story. In basic the film is about two peaple running from Algerian hitmans. You'll hardly know that throughout whole film. It lacks the goal and for todays viewer it may be too much since it never explains itself and focuses on direction of different universe. Thats not bad but if you're traditional narrative follower you'll be dissapointed by films finale which is rather rushed and obviously made in order to end things.
Pierrot Le Fou is one of the best Jean-Luc Godard's film despite it's purposeless story. The direction drags whole film and if you like me love cinema for being able to create different reality this film is a must see.