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Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Improvisational, character-driven film-noir that riffs on what can be done in the genre See more (54 total) »

Cast

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Anna Karina ... Odile
Danièle Girard ... English Teacher
Louisa Colpeyn ... Madame Victoria
Chantal Darget ... Arthur's Aunt
Sami Frey ... Franz
Claude Brasseur ... Arthur
Georges Staquet ... Le légionnaire
Ernest Menzer ... Arthur's Uncle
Jean-Claude Rémoleux ... L'élève buveur d'alcool
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michel Delahaye ... Le portier

Jean-Luc Godard ... Le narrateur
Monsieur Jojot
Claude Makovski ... Pupil
Michèle Seghers ... Student in English Class
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Directed by
Jean-Luc Godard  (as JeanLuc Cinéma Godard)
 
Writing credits
Dolores Hitchens (novel "Fools' Gold")

Jean-Luc Godard  scenario (uncredited)

Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
 
Cinematography by
Raoul Coutard 
 
Film Editing by
Françoise Collin 
Dahlia Ezove 
Agnès Guillemot 
 
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Janou Pottier .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Philippe Dussart .... production manager
Ritta Sarf .... unit manager
Maurice Urbain .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hélène Kalougine .... assistant director (as Hélène Kalouguine)
Jean-Paul Savignac .... assistant director (as JeanClaude Savignac)
 
Sound Department
Antoine Bonfanti .... sound
Robert Cambourakis .... sound assistant
René Levert .... sound
Jean Philippe .... sound assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fernand Coquet .... electrician
Pierre Coquet .... electrician (as Pierrot Coquet)
JeanClaude Duran .... grip
Bernard Largemain .... grip
Georges Liron .... camera operator
Marilù Parolini .... still photographer (as Marilou Parolini)
Théo Robichet .... camera operator
Roger Schleich .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christiane Fageol .... wardrobe
 
Other crew
Patricia Finaly .... office production assistant
Jeanne Marie Olivier .... office production assistant (as JaneMarie Olivier)
Suzanne Schiffman .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Bande à part" - France (original title)
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USA:95 min
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Quentin Tarantino named his production company, A Band Apart, after this film.See more »
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Continuity: When the English teacher writes the word 'Classique' on the board, the first shot shows a much larger 'C' than the following shot.See more »
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Le narrateur:What's that big building? asked Odile. The Louvre. The whitewash is great, she said. That guy deserves a medal.See more »
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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Improvisational, character-driven film-noir that riffs on what can be done in the genre, 22 September 2003
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Band of Outsiders, from the novel by Dolores Hitchens, is a jazzy and poetic take on the modern crime film, with more successful sequences than I could have expected. Unlike in his debut, Breathless, here the characters - two young men Arthur (Claude Brasseur) & Franz (Sami Frey) and the young woman Odile (the beautiful Anna Karina) - are quite accessible (at the least watchable) to those who aren't used to Godard's treatments of his main players. That, along with a style including artsy cinematography (I mean that as a compliment) by Raoul Coutard and a striking, upbeat musical score by Michel Legrand, gives Jean-Luc Godard the edge in creating one of the most influential films of the new-wave. Arthur and Franz are different personalities- you can notice the differences in the little moments- but they have a shared idea as being would-be petty criminals. Franz meets Odile in a writing class, and after much talk they hatch a plan to steal all the money that Odile's father has stolen from the government and kept inside her house. The film takes its time leading up to the robbery, which is like a two punch knockout that at first is astonishing and then following it by devastating.

What makes Band of Outsiders a great film is not just the last act, but that the lead up to it, the filler, is rather extraordinary in its good grace to keep the audience entertained even as they know they're watching an art film (a good analogy is that Godard narrates much like Cocteau narrated over Blood of a Poet, except that here it's over a crime instead of a series of surrealistic events). Such moments of note are the minute of silence (like in Week End's traffic scene the audience feels much like the characters amid the duration of the scene), the subtly light-hearted feel of the classroom scene, and most notably the Madison dance. The Dance sequence, in which our three anti-heroes turn on the jukebox and give a dance number that immediately calls to mind as inspiration for Travolta and Thruman's number to Chuck Berry in Pulp Fiction. However, after seeing this number, I'm inclined to argue that the Madison is the better of the two. There are also little moments that are funny and/or fascinating, and they go to show there's more emotion in this triangle than would usually be found in any kind of conventional film-noir.

After now seeing four of his films (Breathless, Contempt, Week End, and Band of Outsiders), this is my favorite. A+ (on my first viewing)

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