Pierrot le Fou

pierrotlefouFerdinand and Marianne (Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina) run off together, he from his wife, she from gangsters; their escape takes them to the south of France. One of director Jean-Luc Godard’s early films in color, reportedly inspired by the story of Bonnie and Clyde, not yet immortalized by Arthur Penn’s classic movie. Allegedly shot without a script, the story is hard to follow but enjoyable if you like the actors, the images and Godard’s playful attitude. Belmondo and Karina (the director’s first wife) are charming as they take turns singing, fighting, laughing and generally acting like fools. 

1965-France-Italy. 110 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cinematography: Raoul Coutard. Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo (Ferdinand Griffon), Anna Karina (Marianne Renoir), Dirk Sanders (Fred), Raymond Devus, Samuel Fuller, Jean-Pierre Léaud.

Trivia: Also available in versions that are 90 and 95 minutes.

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