Pierrot le fou

[Screenshot]I’ve become wary of the French New Wave, and particularly Godard. I’d found his films interesting but never really felt satisfied by them. Pierrot le fou is the first that’s really worked for me, because I felt Ferdinand and his motivations were much better drawn than I’d seen in previous Godard protagonists. His self-victimization is believable and the plot keeps moving at a pace to keep one interested Both Belmondo and Karina act their parts well and believably. The gangster subplot feels in some ways irrelevant, in spite of its motivational purpose. But all in all this film feels…. right. Right in a way that À bout de souffle, despite its critical acclaim, did not.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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