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Affiche de Pierrot le fouThe 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.

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The story


Jaded husband Ferdinand Griffon meets old flame Marianne Renoir when she comes to babysit.  He decides to drop everything to run off with her to the south of France.  She nicknames him Pierrot.  Their adventures include truth and lies, arms smuggling, strange encounters and political scheming.

 

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). 

According to Béatrice Valbin-Constant (of Studio Canal) and Camille Blot-Wellens (of the Cinémathèque française), Pierrot le fou has never been seen in its original splendour, since the techniques used to make the copies involved a significant loss of definition and the materials available were mediocre.
   
The original negative was digitalised in 2K resolution and calibrated to make a new negative from which a much better copy could be made and preserved for the future.  A new sound negative has been made, keeping the original monophone format, to respect Godard's distinctive methods.

 

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  

 

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