Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), and leaves the bourgeoisie behind. Yet this is no normal road trip: genius auteur Jean-Luc Godard’s tenth feature in six years is a stylish mash-up of consumerist satire, politics, and comic-book aesthetics, as well as a violent, zigzag tale of, as Godard called them, “the last romantic couple.” With blissful color imagery by cinematographer Raoul Coutard and Belmondo and Karina at their most animated, PIERROT LE FOU is one of the high points of the French New Wave, and was Godard’s last frolic before he moved ever further into radical cinema. [COSFORD CLASSIC XIX]
Presented as part of GODARD À GO GO, a summer series of 3 Godard-Karina films presented on 35mm as part of the Cosford Classics program.
This film will be introduced by film and music critic Hans Morgenstern.
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
France. 110minutes. 35mm Film.
1965. Color. French with English Subtitles.