Friday, February 20, 2009

Pierrot le Fou @ the Charles Theatre this week

Saturday, February 21 at Noon
Monday, February 23 at 7 PM
Thursday, February 26 at 9 PM

1965 Jean-Luc Godard. Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani. In French with English subtitles. Color. 'Scope. 110m.

“’I wanted to tell the story of the last romantic couple,’ Jean-Luc Godard said of this brilliant, all-over-the-place adventure and meditation about two lovers on the run (Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina). Made in 1965, this film, with its ravishing colors and beautiful 'Scope camerawork by Raoul Coutard, still looks as iconoclastic and fresh as it did when it belatedly opened in the U.S. Godard's misogynistic view of women as the ultimate betrayers is integral to the romanticism in much of his 60s work--and perhaps never more so than here--but Karina's charisma makes this pretty easy to ignore most of the time. The movie's frequent shifts in style, emotion, and narrative are both challenging and intoxicating: American director Samuel Fuller turns up at a party scene to offer his definition of cinema, Karina performs two memorable songs in musical-comedy fashion, Belmondo's character quotes copiously from his reading, and a fair number of red and blue cars are stolen and destroyed.” (Jonathan Rosenbaum) In French with subtitles. 110 min.

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