Pierrot le Fou

Pierrot le Fou ★★★★

"Who are you talking to?"
"The audience."
"Oh."

Sort of the end of an era, book-ending the start of the '60s with Breathless. This film shares a lot of similar scenes, the same leading man, and a common anarchic spirit. While there's nothing in this picture that surpasses the bedroom scene in the older one, this film looks a lot nicer due to the bright colors. And good as Jean Seberg was, she's no Anna Karina.

The political themes that would dominate the rest of Godard's career begin here. No, that's not correct. They didn't start in this film, but its rejection of bourgeois culture and addressing of the Algerian war do play a major role.

Still, even with the politics, this is not a serious film. There's a sense of whimsy and the above mentioned anarchic spirit. It's a lot of fun to watch, even if the ending is less hopeful that it might've been. You just can't go wrong with Karina and Belmondo.

Now, if only someone could explain to me the existence of the chunk of overpass out in the open field…

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