In a dreary Paris suburb, Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey romance Anna Karina, then plan to heist the cash stashed away in her aunt’s villa. Piece of cake, but then... A jeu d’esprit, with echt Godardian set pieces including the trio line-dancing “Le Madison” (later appropriated by Tarantino for Pulp Fiction) and then “doing” the Louvre in record time.
“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; Godard re-creates the gangsters and the moll with his
world of associations — seeing them as people in a Paris café, mixing them with Rimbaud, Kafka, Alice in Wonderland.”
“Words are not up to capturing its elfin charm, not even up to hinting how beautiful Paris looks in Raoul Coutard’s unconsciously romantic photography. Although Godard talked a lot about his theories and his methods, if he had a secret, it was a gift for creating irresistible images. Band of Outsiders shows him at his most amusing, and that is no small thing.”
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
A LUSTROUS RESTORATION! MASTERPIECE! [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. There would be no Bonnie and Clyde without it.
– David Edelstein, New York Magazine
DIRECTED BY JEAN-LUC GODARD
FRANCE | 1964 | FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A RIALTO PICTURES RELEASE