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Pierrot le Fou (1965)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 8 January 1969 (USA)
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Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writer:

Jean-Luc Godard
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Ferdinand Griffon dit Pierrot (as Jean Paul Belmondo)
Anna Karina ... Marianne Renoir
Graziella Galvani Graziella Galvani ... Maria - la femme de Ferdinand
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Storyline

Ferdinand Griffon, married to a wealthy Italian wife, has recently been fired from the television station where he worked. His wife forces him to go to a party at the home of her influential father, who wants to introduce him to a potential employer. Her brother brings babysitter Marianne Renoir to take care of their children. Feeling bored at the bourgeois party, Ferdinand borrows his brother-in-law's car to head home. He meets Marianne, who was his mistress five years ago and insists on calling him Pierrot, and offers to take her home. They spend the night together and he learns that she's involved in smuggling weapons. When terrorists chase her, they decide to leave Paris and his family behind and go on the run, on a crazy journey to nowhere. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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The movie is mentioned by Brazilian singer Vinícius Cantuária in his song "Clichê do Clichê". See more »

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Ferdinard: Poetry is a game of loser-take-all.
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Alternate Versions

On the French Studio Canal Blu-Ray release, the green tinting is missing in the party scenes near the beginning of the film. It is intact on the American Criterion Collection Blu-Ray release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Son of Samsonite (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Jamais je ne t'ai dit que je t'aimerai toujours
By Antoine Duhamel and Serge Rezvani
Performed by Anna Karina
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Go Crazy with Pierrot
11 August 2000 | by mscheininSee all my reviews

Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le Fou begins with a montage that features some of the most beautiful images ever caught on film. (Tellingly, the only other '60s film to feature such lush photography was Godard's Contempt). But even before these images appear, we've been captured by the soundtrack. Some of the most creative exposition ever follows and things only get better from there on in.

To summarize Pierrot is to betray its essence -- it's as much about its own making as any story -- but here goes nothing: Pierrot, a bored man stuck in a bourgeois marriage, runs off with his children's babysitter, Marianne, herself hiding from gangsters. Bizarre musical numbers and hilarious conversations with no relevance to the plot sometimes break up the story. Characters talk to the camera, and Pierrot yells "Mais, je m'appele Ferdinand!" ("But I'm named Ferdinand!")

Still, plot hardly seems to matter while watching the film. Godard is often called elitist or inaccessible. That's not true, however, and Pierrot is, above all, wild, anarchic fun. Try not to laugh during the absurd bits featuring a sailor who complains that he's had a song stuck in his head for several decades. Try not to grin when Pierrot and Marianne "reenact Vietnam" for a group of American tourists.

Pierrot is one of cinema's essential films, perhaps because it came at the precise moment when Godard hit his all-time peak. Made in 1965, it came during the eight-year period ('59-'67) during which the man made a jaw-dropping fifteen films. Some of them work better than others -- no wonder, for he was experimenting with all of cinema's possibilities -- but many are masterpieces, and Pierrot is the crown jewel.

In many respects, Pierrot is flawless. In all others, it remains great art.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

8 January 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Gonfaron, Var, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,254, 17 June 2007

Gross USA:

$87,011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$134,722
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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