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Pierrot le Fou (1965)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 8 January 1969 (USA)
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Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writer:

Jean-Luc Godard
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Ferdinand Griffon, 'Pierrot' (as Jean Paul Belmondo)
Anna Karina ... Marianne Renoir
Graziella Galvani Graziella Galvani ... La femme de Ferdinand
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Storyline

Ferdinand Griffon, married to a wealthy Italian wife, has recently been fired from the television station where he worked. His wife forces him to go to a party at the home of her influential father, who wants to introduce him to a potential employer. Her brother brings babysitter Marianne Renoir to take care of their children. Feeling bored at the bourgeois party, Ferdinand borrows his brother-in-law's car to head home. He meets Marianne, who was his mistress five years ago and insists on calling him Pierrot, and offers to take her home. They spend the night together and he learns that she's involved in smuggling weapons. When terrorists chase her, they decide to leave Paris and his family behind and go on the run, on a crazy journey to nowhere. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

8 January 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pierrot le Fou See more »

Filming Locations:

Gonfaron, Var, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,254, 17 June 2007

Gross USA:

$87,011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$134,722
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ferdinand mentions the suicide of Nicolas De Stael. De Stael (1914-1955) was a French painter noted for his highly abstract landscapes. Godard has spoken several times of the influence of artists (particularly de Stael) on his work. An article, "Leap into the Void: Godard and the Painter" (Sally Shafto, May 2006), on "The Sense of Cinema" website (Issue No. 39), discussing this. See more »

Quotes

Marianne: Give me the rifle.
Ferdinard: The same make that killed Kennedy!
Marianne: Sure, didn't you know it was me?
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Alternate Versions

On the French Studio Canal Blu-Ray release, the green tinting is missing in the party scenes near the beginning of the film. It is intact on the American Criterion Collection Blu-Ray release. See more »

Connections

References Johnny Guitar (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Ma Ligne de Chance
By Antoine Duhamel and Serge Rezvani
Performed by Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo
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Cool and funny
11 June 2001 | by DockelektroSee all my reviews

Perfect movie, which passes its message like no other film ever did. An incredible first part, in Paris, where the people are taken by capitalism and consumist habits, shows us that society is corrupted in an unique way, as Belmondo's Ferdinand drifts by the various colors which reflect only the emotionless. When Marianne gets in his way, he finds an escape and lets go his mad feelings, and they both run away. This story is told by Godard by the means of the fantastic, depicting madness and foolishness as a true art form, making two unlikely characters enjoyable and engaging. This one goes to the podium of the pictures that stand out and will never age, acting also as an influence to everyone who sees it.


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