Pierrot le fou

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Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Dirk Sanders.
France, 1965, 35mm, color, 110 min.
French with English subtitles.
Print source: HFA

 I is for Insanity

In this stunning exploration of personal and global violence, Godard depicts the picaresque journey across France of a disaffected Everyman and his girlfriend, who become involved in criminal activities along the way. The film includes direct references to Angola, Vietnam, and South Africa as it employs a dramatic and symbolic use of color. The film’s abstracted directorial style is perhaps best explained by the director’s response to the question of why it contains so much blood: "It is not blood but red." The film also features brief appearances by director Sam Fuller and actor Jean-Pierre Léaud.

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