Free Outdoor Screening: Band of Outsiders

(Bande à part)

[Godard’s] most charming and, arguably, influential film: a free-associative meditation on the gangster genre that revealed a new way of framing our dreams and our reality.

David Edelstein, New York Magazine

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

Would-be tough guys Franz (Sami Frey) and Arthur (Claude Brasseur) have little better to do than drive around Paris and act out scenes from B movies. But when they team up with Franz’s English-class crush, wide-eyed Odile (Anna Karina), to plot a burglary, they stumble into the gap between playacting and reality. Godard said, “it is not the people who are important, but the atmosphere between them.” The atmosphere arises not only from the actors’ interplay—their dance in a cafe and their sprint through the Louvre are among the most memorable and joyous moments in Godard’s cinema—but from Raoul Coutard’s exquisitely bleak cinematography and Michel Legrand’s jaunty, melancholy score. Pauline Kael called the film “like a reverie of a gangster movie. . . . It’s as if a French poet took a banal American crime novel and told it to us in terms of the romance and beauty he read between the lines.”

Juliet Clark
  • Jean-Luc Godard
Based On
  • the novel Fools’ Gold by Dolores Hitchens

  • Raoul Coutard
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • Digital
  • 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

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

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

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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