BANDE Ã PART
A film Jean-Luc Godard
Gleefully putting into practice D W Griffith's maxim that all you need to make a film is a girl and a gun , bande ã part is Goddard's playful tribute to the Hollywood pulp crime movies of the forties, executed with typically Gallic cool.
Franz and Arthur, a couple of streetwise chancers, team up with the shy Odile (a beguiling performance from Anna Karina) to plan a robbery. As the trio of misfits roams the cafés of suburban Paris, does a lightning tour of the Louvre, and play-acts shoot-outs, the suspicion grows that this is one heist that is not going to go according to plan.
With superb photography by Raoul Coutard, music by Michel Legrand and one of the most exhilarating dance sequences in film, bande ã part is about about as enjoyable as cinema gets . Time Out.
A-Z Guide including a specially commissioned video interview with Anna Karina, on-set footage, Quentin Tarantino on the dance sequence and Pulp Fiction, and commentary by Dr Roland François Lack, lecturer in the Department of French at University College London.
Plus an interview with cinematographer Raoul Coutard, original theatrical trailer and director's biography
France | 1964 | black & white | French language, English subtitles | 92 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Black & White, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: One of pioneering director Jean-Luc Godard's most accessible films is this French spin on Dolores Hitchens' novel Fool's Gold. It tells the tale of three disaffected youths who plan a burglary, leading to deadly results. The alienated young trio is marvelous, particularly Anna Karina, and the early scenes of their clearly overdeveloped fantasy lives are splendidly handled. Something of a companion piece to Godard's classic À Bout de Souffle, its young characters have the same odd mixture of fatalism and starry-eyed naïveté that is, by turns, appealing and tragic. Trivia buffs should note that the film gave its name to Quentin Tarantino's production company (A Band Apart), and several of its scenes are echoed in his Pulp Fiction. ...The Outsiders (1964) ( Bande à part ) ( Band of Outsiders (The Out siders) )