Bande à part

Band of Outsiders

Jean-Luc GodardFrance92 minutes1964PGB&WFrench

Aug 18
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The sheer exhilaration of Godard's off-the-cuff, on-the-run film noir, and its status as a beloved source for such filmmakers as Hal Hartley and Quentin Tarantino (the latter named his production company after the film, and lifted from the famous dance sequence in Pulp Fiction) make it essential viewing. Three students who "have neither the mentality of thieves nor of capitalists" act out their movie-inspired dreams of crime and violence in between taking English classes, making record-breaking dashes through the Louvre, and dancing the Madison to a café jukebox. When the "moll" (a wide-eyed, romantic Anna Karina) discovers a cache of cash at her employers' villa in the grim outskirts of Paris, the trio's fantasies of crime become reality. Godard described Bande à part as "Alice in Wonderland meets Franz Kafka," but the film is often reminiscent of Mizoguchi's Ugetsu. "One of Godard's most appealing and underrated films" (Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader).