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[quoting what he has written]
"That is the basic problem... you're waiting for me... I'm not there... I arrive... I enter the room... that's when I really start to exist for you... But I existed before that... I had thoughts... I may have been suffering... So the problem is to show you alive, thinking of me,and at the same time, to see me alive by virtue of that very fact." Underlined.
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Cinema d'auteur all the way!!! Thanks for existing, Godard!!!
This is one of the truly great revolutionary movie experiences of all times. "Pierrot Le Fou" represents what was perhaps the most difficult moment of Godard's controversial career: he was fighting and struggling for make a not commercial movie, something almost impossible with the presence of Belmondo (you have to consider the huge success that this actor had at the time) and a important figure of international cinema such as Dino De Laurentiis being responsible for the distribution of the movie at the time of it's original release. And yet he wanted to put on the screen (well, actually WIDESCREEN) all his questions about cinema, politic, marxism, literature, music and pop culture; well, all the questions that he had at that time. And even with all those problems he was able to make a masterpiece, one of his best and most accessible moments. For those of you who have seen the movie, imagine only this (in a allegoric way): Pierrot's Italian wife is the dangerous commercial international production represented by De Laurentiis, Anna Karina's role represents the nouvelle vague, Samuel Fuller is Samuel Fuller and Belmondo's existential search is Godard's own doubts about the possibilities of cinema. One of the best things that Godard has ever done, "Pierrot Le Fou" is a landmark for the avant-garde cinema that we all love. Now I could spend hours talking about the strange beauty of Anna Karina, the magnificent photography in widescreen Techniscope (utilized at it's limits), the great use that Godard makes of his ironic narrative and ALL the wonders of this movie, but all that I'm going to say is this:
LONG LIVE GODARD!!!
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