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Watch: Re-Release Trailer For Jean-Luc Godard's Classic 'Band Of Outsiders'

6 April 2016 11:57 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The ongoing vitality of the French New Wave doesn't need to be reiterated, nor the importance of Jean-Luc Godard. However, getting to see his films from that era on the big screen is a rare treat, which is why you'll want to make time this spring for "Band Of Outsiders." Read More: 10 Great European Neo-Noir Films Yep, it's the movie inspired the name of Quentin Tarantino's company, A Band Apart. Featuring Sami Frey, Claude Brasseur, and Anna Karina, and released four years after the groundbreaking "Breathess," it's a melancholy romance and crime flick rolled into one. Here's the synopsis:  Franz (Sami Frey) and Arthur (Claude Brasseur) don’t have money, jobs, or prospects, but they do have a black convertible and a shared romantic interest in Odile (Anna Karina). When Odile lets slip that a stash of cash is ineptly hidden in the isolated villa where she lives, the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jean-Luc Godard: the artist and his muse

8 January 2016 3:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jean-Luc Godard’s early films were distinct from each other in tone and form – romantic comedies, outlaw-chic, dystopian visions – connected only by the ‘shifting centre’ of his cinematic world, his wife and muse, Anna Karina

Jean-Luc Godard had a problem with endings. His early films often finish with a throwaway closure, a death, not quite real, distantly presented. His films are all middle, yet a sense of ending imbues them. For Godard, even love itself is something that is always winding down and his lover, his wife, the muse of the best of his early movies, Anna Karina, embodies this problem. Watching Bande à Part (1964) and Pierrot le Fou (1965), I really didn’t want these films ever to finish; the deep pleasure of being in the company of Karina, and Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey and Jean-Paul Belmondo, is so beguiling that you want the fun to last a little longer. »

- Michael Newton

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