FeatureFilm

Bande a Part

  • Running Length:1hr 35mins
  • Cast:Anna Karina, Sami Frey, Claude Brasseur, Louisa Colpeyn, Danièle Girard, Chantal Darget, Ernest Menzer, Georges Staquet
  • Rated:PG - Contains coarse language

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    Summary
    “In 1964, with his career and his marriage to the actress Anna Karina going through rough patches, Godard decided to make a relatively traditional film, based on an American crime novel, and got Columbia Pictures to produce it – though the only movies beside which it seems traditional are Godard’s own. (I’ve seen the manuscript copy of Godard’s script; the movie was indeed remarkably written-out compared with his other films of the nineteen-sixties.)
    The plot—a romantic triangle involving a sheltered young woman (Karina) and a pair of small-time crooks (Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey) – resonated personally with the director, who, at the outset, declares on the soundtrack, “My story starts here.” But Godard mainly used it as a string for pearls of playful side business, including a world-record sprint through the Louvre and a snappy line dance that he adorns with his psychological perorations. (The trio were non-dancers and rehearsed for a month; when they danced in the café, it was to no music, and Godard intermittently cuts out the dubbed-in score to leave the dancers to the self-conscious silence of their snapping fingers and shuffling feet.) Best of all, a tender passage in the metro, featuring a luminous closeup of Karina, mournful glances at passers-by, and a poem by Aragon, which makes clear both the glory and the artifice of the intellectualized populism dear to the culture that gave film noir its name.” — Richard Brody, New Yorker