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The magnificence of Pierrot le fou
Rediscover Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le fou at the Festival. Studio Canal and the Cinémathèque française have joined to restore this historic film to all its original beauty, in colour and sound, in an effort to recreate the esthetic and cinematic shock it caused when it came out in 1965.
A shock film
Pierrot le fou is also a dazzling encounter between two New Wave stars, actors of a new generation, Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo. The film is a feast of colour, human energy, freedom and verve of direction, and an intense love story wrapped around plots and rackets and full of songs both cheerful and tragic.
Serge Toubiana, director of the Cinémathèque française, describes the shock he had when he first saw it:
"I came out of the film shaken up, transformed. I wasn't the same any more. My cinemagoing is divided into before and after Pierrot le fou. For the first time, I felt and heard, through images and sounds, the colours and the azure waters of the Mediterranean, as if a filmmaker poet was silently speaking to me.
"It was a film that showed me a messy and violent world, that Marianne's love for Pierrot also included betrayal, that the blue of the sky was the same blue that Pierrot painted his face with before he died. And that all that was just beauty. The invisible director called Godard took me by the hand and led me to a secret and mysterious place I felt I'd never been."
(excerpt from La Renaissance de Pierrot)
A remarkable restoration
Studio Canal and the Cinémathèque française, backed by the Franco-American Cultural Foundation, have joined together to restore the film, which had badly deteriorated. Louis Aragon liked to say Godard was like the painter Eugène Delacroix. The restoration brought the film back to its original colours, as chosen by Godard and his chief cameraman Raoul Coutard (who also filmed Godard's Contempt / Le Mépris and many other major works of the time).
Wednesday 14 October (17:45) at the Comoedia
(introduced by Asia Argento)
Thursday 15 October (14:30) at the Pathé Bellecour
(introduced by Tonie Marshall and Serge Toubiana)
Friday 16 October (20:30) at the Cinéma Bellecombe
Saturday 17 October (17:30) at the CNP Terreaux