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Pierrot le Fou

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Pierrot le Fou 1965 15

110 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

Inspired by Lionel White’s novel Obsession, and stunningly photographed in colour and ’Scope by Raoul Coutard, Godard’s tale of ‘the last romantic couple’ follows Pierrot (Belmondo) as he abandons the routine of his comfortable Paris existence for adventure on the road with lover Marianne (Karina).

By his tenth feature, Godard’s playful, postmodern style has begun to incorporate some of the more confrontational and political techniques that would categorise his post-'68 work; yet Pierrot remains one of Godard’s most accessible and fun films.

With its protagonists’ blasé attitude to violence, pop culture references and restless editing style, Pierrot le Fou established the fugitive-lovers formula further distilled by Quentin Tarantino in his 1990s thrillers True Romance and Natural Born Killers.

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Directed by

Jean-Luc Godard


Anna Karina

Jean-Paul Belmondo




Jean-Luc Godard Best of BAFTA


15 Contains moderate bloody violence







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