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Pierrot le Fou

Pierrot le Fou
Director: Jean-Luc Godard

France, 1965, 110 min., lith. subt.

Pierrot le Fou is a mixture of a gangster movie, musical, political statement and a treaty on art theory. It is the story of Ferdinand and Marianne, told in two parts. In the first part they run away to the French Riviera, the second part they meet a director and tell their story. The director makes them start over again from the beginning. The theme of the film is only clear when the film ends. Godard worked with cinematographer Raoul Coutard. His imagery is closely connected with the Nouvelle Vague style, filmed with a handheld camera, in natural places and without an artificial set of light. In Pierrot le Fou the use of bright colours is something extraordinary, for example the scenes where the traffic lights are reflected in the front windscreen of a car or when the main actors walk through tall grass while their car is burning. Jean-Luc Godard made another film full of cinematic inventions, this time in magnificent Eastman Colour (a multilayer colour film format from the 1950’s).

Section: Retrospective: Nouvelle Vague

Screenplay: Jean-Luc Godard, pagal Lionel White romaną Apsėdimas (Obsession)

Dir. of Photography: Raoul Coutard

Music: Antoine Duhamel, Bassiak

Producer: Georges de Beauregard

Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo (Ferdinand Griffon)
Anna Karina (Marianne Renoir)
Dirk Sanders (Frank)
Graziella Galvani (Ferdinando žmona)
Raymond Devos (vyras prieplaukoje)
Princess Aicha Abadir (ji pati)
Samuel Fuller (jis pats)
Roger Dutoit (gansteris)
Hans Meyer (gansteris)
Jimmy Karoubi (neūžauga)
Christa Nell (Madame Staquet)
Jean-Pierre Léaud (jaunuolis kine)