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Band of Outsiders

(Bande à part)

Digital Restoration
Based on Fools’ Gold by Dolores Hitchens


Anna Karina, Sami Frey, Claude Brasseur, Louisa Colpeyn,

No one’s dancing the Madison in Dolores Hitchens’s Fools’ Gold (1958). Godard traded her wind-smacked Pasadena and causeless strivers for the foggy, fluvial Paris suburbs and the existential poetry of “trembling” youth. But he admires the novel’s precise, pitiless prose in countless small ways in his tale of two aspiring thugs, Franz (Sami Frey) and Arthur (Claude Brasseur), who are drawn to the stylized violence of bit players in film noir and the incipient corruptibility of a would-be heroine, fellow night-school student Odile (Anna Karina). They set out to burglarize the villa where Odile works, and reality arrives like a police siren.

Judy Bloch
  • Jean-Luc Godard
Based On
  • the novel Fools’ Gold by Dolores Hitchens

  • Raoul Coutard
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 97 mins
  • Rialto Pictures

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Godard's 'Band of Outsiders' returns with its charms intact (review), Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan, 2002

Prime movers (review), Village Voice, Amy Taubin, 2001

Godard forever (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2001

Jean-Luc Godard : Master of modern cinema -- a definitive tribute (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), 2001

Godard's Band of Outsiders (flyer), Film Forum (New York), 2001

Band of outsiders (review), Time Out New York, Mike D'Angelo, 2001

Dark heart (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2001

Band of outsiders (article), Village Voice, Tom Allen, 1987

Filmfacts -- excerpt (article), Filmfacts, 1980

Godard (program note), New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.), James Monaco, 1974

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