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Band of Outsiders (1964)

Bande à part (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 5 August 1964 (France)
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Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.

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Danièle Girard ...
English Teacher
Louisa Colpeyn ...
Madame Victoria
Chantal Darget ...
Arthur's Aunt
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Franz
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Arthur
Georges Staquet ...
Legionary
Ernest Menzer ...
Arthur's Uncle
Jean-Claude Rémoleux ...
L'élève buveur d'alcool
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Michel Delahaye ...
Le portier
Louis Jojot ...
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Claude Makovski ...
Pupil
Michèle Seghers ...
Student in English Class
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A triangle: Franz, Arthur, and Odile. Franz, a young man with Alain Delon good looks, has met Odile in an English class. She lives in Joinville with wealthy benefactors and has mentioned to Franz that Mr. Stolz keeps a pile of 10,000 franc notes unlocked in his room. Franz tells his friend Arthur, a swarthy guy whose shady uncle is pressing him for money. Arthur and Franz, who mimic American movie tough guys, case Odile's house, pressure her to assist them with a burglary, and make passes at her as well. She's alternately compliant and distressed. Will they pull off the heist? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Who-Dunit, Who's Got-It, Where-Is-It-Now Wild One From That "Breathless" director Jean-Luc Godard!

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,252 (USA) (8 May 2016)

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$37,651 (USA) (7 August 2016)
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Odile: Are there lions in Brazil?
Franz: Yes, as well as croc... Odiles.
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Good Godard, but not Great Godard
18 August 2004 | by (Brick, NJ) – See all my reviews

"Band Of Outsiders" covers about the same ground as "Breathless", but I think with less depth and less humor. Godard sticks more to plot here and less to his wonderful scenes of empty talk that are like good jazz riffs. People may respond more to this one than Breathless precisely for that reason- it more fits the conception of an American B-movie: The plot is conceived, designed and carried out with a few twists and turns in the process.

This movie is the most self-referential of Godard's B-ish movies in that Godard is a director who lives in a world of the junk crime movies he grew up with making a movie about characters who live their lives like a bad crime movie. When Anna Karina jokes that Stolz probably made his loot from cheating on his taxes, then repeats it again in the final scene- this time as stated fact, it shows you how deeply these characters are entrenched in the fiction of it all, how the wisecracking becomes a way of living. What was disappointing to me is that there was less of the memorable nonsense that makes Godard's films unique- although there is some. Godard's overwrought, sickly poetic narration is obviously a gag, as is Arthur's hilariously overacted death scene; the minute of silence at the soda shop where Godard cuts the soundtrack completely is great, and the synchronized (well, almost) dancing is just precious, and I loved it. But it's the almostness of Godard's films that makes it special; if it were too perfect, it would be mechanized and dull. Instead of dancing, it would be choreography, an applied science.

Band Of Outsiders is definitely worth seeing if you like Godard's way of filmmaking; to me, it falls a little short of greatness, but it does have its moments. Beware of croc-Odiles! 3*** out of 4


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