Band of outsiders

Band of outsiders

DVD - 2003 | French
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Two bumbling burglars plan a robbery with a young woman they just met. Problems begin immediately when they both fall for the girl and the plan goes haywire. The jewel-heist plot is merely a jumping off point for Godard's fast-paced mix of fantasy and spoof of Hollywood crime films.
Publisher: [United States] : Home Vision Entertainment, [2003]
ISBN: 9780780025899
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE BAND
Characteristics: optical,mono
1 videodisc (Not rated)(95 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Bande a part
Notes: Special features: Visual glossary, including film clips and stills, detailing cultural references and wordply from the film; video interviews with Raoul Coutard and Anna Karina; interview excerpts with Godard from 1964, and behind-the-scenes footage of the director and his crew; two theatrical trailers
Based on the novel Fool's gold by Dolores Hitchens
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1964


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Feb 17, 2018

Jean-Luc Godard, one of the French New Wave Cinema pioneers, bends and breaks the traditional rules of cinema in Band of Outsiders as he sends forth his vision. The vision is of two men and a woman planning a robbery of a large sum of money. The planning itself is a fruitless accomplishment as the three characters diverge cognitively, and instead end up entertaining their thoughts and egos. Nevertheless, they are certain about setting their plan into action. Occasionally, it seems as if Godard has lost it, but there is always a designed thought behind each action and scene. Throughout the film Godard uses quotes from books, films, and music of his choosing, which colors the personalities of the characters. These characters are what creates the cinematic experience together with Godard's rebellious directing and the groundbreaking cinematography. In the end, this film is one of many that adds to the plethora of progressive cinematic art that film enthusiasts can enjoy today.

Feb 17, 2018

I've been watching a lot of Godard recently, and this one is definitely one of my favourites. The dance scene is one of the best ever!

Watch Anna Karina's interview, included here. It's priceless!

Dec 15, 2017

Very much an early Godard movie -- you can see some of the tropes that he used in his later, more sophisticated films. The love of American gangster films is there, and Ana Karina, who I believe was his lover and starred in other films. Probably of most interest to those keen on Godard's background and beginnings.

Sep 27, 2016

'Clever' more or less sums up this piece of movie making. Our trio of hipsters come together to make off with someone's ill-gotten gains. The visual glossary, included with the extras in the Criterion edition, is quite enlightening and probably essential viewing for purposes of content and context. Three solid performances by the lead actors. A delicious dance sequence, called 'the Madison', as a centerpiece. Watch this, and think "Pulp Fiction". One final note: you can tell a lot about someone by the way they dance. You can watch your feet (Arthur), feel the music and the rhythm (Odile) or 'style and profile' (Franz). What kind of dancer are you? Maybe it depends on the song that's playing.,,

Jun 24, 2015

I loved some of the scenes, the techniques, etc and the comedy, but I didn't like the movie and characters as a whole.

May 20, 2015

Filled with mocking; sometimes rather funny; ultimately a clever entertainment.

Mar 12, 2015

Godard/Karina with comprehensible plot and wonderful minimalist camera work.


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