Watch: Pierrot le fou 1965 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: 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.
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Godard for Dummies or: How I Learned to stop complaining and love free cinema.
First of all, this film includes the best definition of cinema I´ve ever heard: “Film is like a battleground. Love, hate, action, violence and death, in one word: emotions”. Then, “Pierrot le fou” is the best realization I´ve seen of Godard´s ideas. Until now, I had enjoyed his interviews more than his films. His filmography seems to be reaching for an ideal he doesn´t quite ever fulfill. As Pierrot, sorry, Ferdinand says, “Film shouldn ´t be about the lives of people, it should be about life itself”. Therefore, he tries to get rid of a traditional plot to focus only on space and movements; and emotions. Of course, that´s just too abstract and he constantly needs to come up with some kind of vague plot, even if it´s just a mere excuse. He isn´t attached to it, though, and changes it or completely forgets about it anytime he´s able to, which drives so many people mad.
The pointless plot always has to do with crime because that´s what americans do. Fellini said “I come from a country and a generation to which America and movies are almost the same thing”. That is probably hard to imagine for an american but it´s true and back then it was even more true. From there comes the fascination with gangsters and outlaws present in so many french movies. It´s just an idea, like everything else in Godard´s films. That´s why there´s no need to take it too seriously and you should be ok with scenes like the one at the gas station (that is also why Godard kicks Melville´s ass any day). His films can be seen as a series of episodes rather than a whole. He goes from one thing to the next in a playful sequence of ideas. Despising structure allows him total freedom of expression. That´s a hit-or-miss risk and it obviously doesn´t work all the time but when it does it´s really special, not to mention how inspiring it can be.
“Pierrot le fou” starts a bit off and kind of lost me in the last act (with the exception of the “est-ce que vous m´aimez” monologue, which is absolute genius). I´m not a big fan of the ending either but everything in the middle might be the closest he ever got to his ideal of free cinema. It´s a masterful celebration of life, love, freedom and movies.
Original Language fr
Runtime 1 hr 50 min (110 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Crime, Drama, Romance
Director Jean-Luc Godard
Writer Rémo Forlani, Jean-Luc Godard, Lionel White
Actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani
Country France, Italy
Awards Nominated for 1 BAFTA Award2 wins & 2 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras
Laboratory LTC Saint-Cloud
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (2-perf)
Cinematographic Process Techniscope
Printed Film Format Digital (Digital Cinema Package DCP), 35 mm (anamorphic)