Thursday, October 10, 2013

Review: Pierrot le Fou (1965)

Pierrot and Marianne.

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Produced by Georges de Beauregard
Written by Jean-Luc Godard (screenplay); Lionel White (novel)
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina and Graziella Galvani

Here's a quick review for Fisti's Five Nights With... Killer Couples series.


Godard's films are usually challenging, but this is probably his most enjoyable film. Pierrot (Belmondo) and Marianne (Karina) are a couple on the run. While Pierrot leaves behind society and its numbing boredoms, Marianne is being pursued by Algerian hitmen. The couple make their way from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea, and many hijinks occur on their adventure.

As previously intimated, this a film for most cinephiles, especially for those who find Godard's work too difficult or obtuse. This is Godard's "fun" film. As the Bonnie and Clyde-esque leads, Belmondo and Karina have fantastic chemistry, and it's a delight to watch them on screen together. The film is a feast for the eyes, as Raoul Coutard's cinematography is full of color. Moreover, this is one of Godard's most beautiful films, and it's arguably his best film technically. In typical Godard fashion, the editing is manic, but it is perfectly suited to the playful tone of the film. Even Antoine Duhamel's symphonic score works well with this rollicking narrative. It's a great place to start with Godard, and it's easily my favorite film by the infamous director.

Oscar Tally: None


  1. OMG! Thanks for reviewing for the series! I'll link this tomorrow. Easily my favorite Godard as well (my #3 favorite film of all time)...and you are so right about this being technically his best film. SO BEAUTIFUL!

    1. Thanks man, and you're very welcome! You know, it's been over a year since I watched this. Must give it another look.