Film Studies

Cinema Classics Seminar:
Pierrot le Fou

Godard: Revolution Forever
Thursday, November 21, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm  
Instructor: Lisa DeNight, Discussion Moderator, BMFI

In what is perhaps the perfect distillation of Jean-Luc Godard’s polarizing charms, the French New Wave legend paired his two most iconic leads, Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo, in Pierrot le Fou (1965). A rollicking road picture that is part crime film, part romance, part musical, and part improvisational montage, the film is also, inescapably, a raw, painful eulogy for the recent breakup of Godard’s marriage to the film’s star. Pierrot le Fou also stands as a bombastic pivot point at which the director’s work largely shifted from creative homages to classic Hollywood cinema, to the fervently political filmmaking that would characterize the next stage of his career. In fact, while making Pierrot, Godard felt as if he was making his “first film.”

Adapted from the Lionel White crime novel Obsession, it follows bourgeois Ferdinand and the mysterious Marianne, two lovers on the lam from the law and shady criminal elements, travelling south through France in a stolen car. If that sounds like a linear plot, bear in mind that a Godard film can rarely be described as straightforward. Stunning pop-art flourishes and unexpected diversions abound in one of the most stylish and daring features ever made. Join us to explore the cultural, artistic, intellectual, and personal palimpsest that is Pierrot le Fou.

Are you interested in “just” seeing this movie? That’s easy! Just come to the box office or buy a ticket online here.

Course Information

Location: Multimedia Room

$25 for members, $35 for non-members

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  • Thursday, November 21 · 6:30 pm