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Pierrot Le Fou (2d-Criterion)

Director(s): Jean-Luc Godard

Theatrical Release: 1965

Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Dirk Sanders, Raymond Devos, Graziella Galvani, Samuel Fuller

Genre(s): Drama, romance, Avant-Garde, crime, Criterion Collection, Dean's List

Countries: France, Italy


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Running Time: 110m.

Pierrot le fou (1965) is Jean-Luc Godard's sixth film staring Anna Karina, his first wife. It is the story of Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and Marianne (Karina). They meet when Ferdinand's wife hires Marianne as a baby-sitter. As he drives Marianne home, Ferdinand decides to run away with her. The couple get caught up in a mysterious gun-running scheme involving Marianne's brother (Dirk Sanders). With Pierrot le fou Godard returns to the story of A bout de souffle (Breathless): the tale of a couple on the run. But in the six years between the two films Godard developed a more complex and often difficult style. Pierrot le fou incorporates musical numbers, references to the history of cinema and painting, and quotations from literature. The film features Godard's most extended use of color to that point, as the shots are filled with blocks of bright primary colors. Pierrot le fou is a catalogue of cinematic inventions and of gestures made by couples in love. (allmovie.com)

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Criterion Collection 2-DVD Set #421 Special Features:

! New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Raoul Coutard

! New video interview with actor Anna Karina

! A "Pierrot" Primer - a new video program with audio commentary by filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin

! Godard, l'amour, la poTsie - a 50-minute French documentary about director Jean-Luc Godard and his work and marriage with Karina

! Archival interview excerpts with Godard, Karina, and actor Jean-Paul Belmondo

! Theatrical trailer

! New and improved English subtitle translation
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