Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) (1964)
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Critic Reviews for Band of Outsiders (Bande à part)
Behind its substantial charm and light touch is a movie that's more morbid, alienated, and personal than it lets on.
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.
Audience Reviews for Band of Outsiders (Bande à part)
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.
"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.
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