Pierrot le fou

Pierrot le fou

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1965 • France
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani

Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), and leaves the bourgeois world behind. Yet this is no normal road trip: genius auteur Jean-Luc Godard’s tenth feature in six years is a stylish mash-up of anticonsumerist satire, au courant politics, and comic-book aesthetics, as well as a violent, zigzag tale of, as Godard called them, “the last romantic couple.” With blissful color imagery by cinematographer Raoul Coutard and Belmondo and Karina at their most animated, PIERROT LE FOU is one of the high points of the French New Wave, and was Godard’s last frolic before he moved ever further into radical cinema.

Pierrot le fou
  • Pierrot le fou

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1965 • France
    Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani

    Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), and leaves the bourgeois world behind. Yet ...

Extras

  • PIERROT LE FOU Edition Intro

  • Anna Karina on PIERROT LE FOU

    In this interview, recorded at the Brasserie Lipp in Paris in 2007, celebrated actor Anna Karina recalls working with her former husband, director Jean-Luc Godard, and her role as PIERROT LE FOU’s Marianne Renoir.

  • A PIERROT Primer

    The following program, with commentary by filmmaker and educator Jean-Pierre Gorin (TOUT VA BIEN, LETTER TO JANE, MY CRASY LIFE), presents an introduction to PIERROT LE FOU.

  • Belmondo in the Wind

    In the following excerpted program, actors Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina and filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard comment on Belmondo’s role in PIERROT LE FOU and his easy disposition as an actor. Recorded during the film’s production by journalist Mario Beunat, for the television series “Panorama,” th...

  • PIERROT LE FOU at the Venice Film Festival, 1965

    PIERROT LE FOU premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Golden Lion. During the event, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Anna Karina were interviewed by Maurice Seveno and Christian Durieux for a French TV news segment on the festival that originally aired on Septemb...

  • Godard, l’amour, la poésie

    The following documentary, created by French filmmaker Luc Lagier in 2007, traces Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina’s marriage and films, from LE PETIT SOLDAT through PIERROT LE FOU, and includes interviews with Karina and Godard collaborators Charles Bitsch, Raoul Coutard, Jean Douchet, and Jean-P...