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Pierrot Le Fou (The Studio Canal Collection) [Blu-ray]

Jean-Paul Belmondo , Raymond Devos , Jean Luc Godard    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Raymond Devos, Samuel Fuller, Graziella Galvani, Anna Karina
  • Directors: Jean Luc Godard
  • Producers: Georges de Beauregard
  • Format: Classical
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VD5S5Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,914 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

One of Jean-Luc Godard's most reknowned films in which Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) leaves his wife and child and runs off with the babysitter Marianne (Anna Karina). The pair head south to find Marianne's brother, with Ferdinand getting caught up in Marianne's crimes along the way as they both spiral toward destruction. Memorable for Raoul Coutard's deep and lush photography, it offers a spontaneous musical sequence under the pine trees, elements of the gangster genre and a tragic account of the transience of love, meanwhile Godard manages to address the nature of the film medium itself.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better A Second Time 4 Aug 2012
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Bought this recently from Amazon,noticed wide mix of reviews/ratings (Godard always did divide opinion) so thought I'd add my own two penneth.

Firstly, watch it at least twice, and preferably within a few days. On first viewing, I found it rather annoyingly disjointed and indulgent. But the second viewing open my eyes and mind to see more in it - OK it's got Godard's Hollywood/Gangster obsessions in there & seemingly improv scenes (Anna Karina denied this, saying Godard always rehearsed each scene). But it is vibrant, quick-paced, colourful and visual stunning (hats off to Raoul Coutard once again), dramatic, yet comical and even has some 'musical' bits for good measure! Plus Belmondo oozes cool and wears ace threads, and Karina is utterly stunningly beautiful to watch in this femme fatale role.

It is much better than the vastly over-rated 'Le Mepris'(Colourful,has Bardot and Palance, yes, but boy is it S L O W and unabsorbing). Halliwell thought the latter was excellent, yet dismissed both 'Pierrot Le Fou' and especially 'Bande A Part' as rubbish. Both are far superior films IMHO. 'Pierrot' shares 'Le Mepris's wonderful use of technicolor for exterior locations (here the sumptuous South of France), but also shows signs that Godard was already thinking about 'Weekend'- Tracking shots are often used, and there's a scene where B & K encounter a crashed car in the countryside with injured/ dead passengers and K convinces B to leave their own car there and make it look like they too crashed.

Karina was of course 'Mrs Godard' in the 60's and played a wide range of characters in each successive film they made together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of Godard’s 1965 French classic “Pierre Le Fou”. And the ‘BLU RAY’ is available in both the States and other territories. But if you live in the UK – then which is the best issue to buy?

Unfortunately the desirable USA Criterion issue is REGION-A LOCKED.
So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Luckily the beautifully presented Studio Canal edition is REGION B – so will play on UK machines (and uses the same restored elements).

So check before purchasing the pricey Criterion release if your BLU RAY player is able to play REGION A discs...otherwise plum for the UK book version on SC…
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gangster philosopy 2 Jan 2005
By A Customer
One of the great movies of the 1960s, a man abandons his bourgeois life for a beautiful girl he refuses to understand who therefore destroys him. With incidental excursions into crime, terrorism, the betrayal of Adam by Eve, philosophy and its meaninglessness, the impracticality of intellectuals, and much humour. Sometimes described as a romance, but equally well experienced as satirical. Make up your own mind.....
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you actually like Godard's films... 7 Dec 2009
By P. J. Salisbury VINE VOICE
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... then you'll probably like this, which I have discovered to my dismay, I do not. I have tried to get into the films of this reputed master of the French New Wave but with little success. Unlike Rohmer or Truffaut for example - directors whose many films I greatly enjoy, the only Godard film I actually do like is Alphaville.

With Godard I always feel as if I'm missing something obscure. His preoccupation with gangsters, and self-conscious examination of film as a medium seem to me get in the way. In `Pierrot' there is an unnerving surrealism bordering on comic unreality to scene after scene. The fight scene at the gas station is purposefully filmed as being on the verge of slapstick. There is no indication as to why this is and it washes up ineffectually against the rocks of more serious comments on the Vietnam war.

For me, the film earns two of its stars in the first few minutes of the opening scenes where Jean-Paul Belmondo visits a book shop and chooses so many books he can barely carry them. He takes them home and reads from one to his young daughter. A recurrent and very satisfactory theme in French cinema is that the characters are portrayed actually reading!

The disc comes with a good range of extras, including an introduction by Colin McCabe and a feature commentary by Jean-Bernard Pouy. I found the introduction and commentary are essential to understanding the film, revealing Godard's estrangement from his wife (lead actress Anna Karina), his enjoyment of cinematic jokes, and France's disillusionment with both the cinema and politics of 1960s America.

After listening to the extras, I developed a sympathy for Godard. I found the introduction and commentary both provided invaluable insight to the mind of a person who is to me an enigmatic and elusive filmmaker. It is here the disc earned the third star and it is from these that I learned a great deal. For a taste of Godard, I'd try Alphaville, Breathless and Pierrot le Fou.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saturated 11 Dec 2007
By Cake
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Godard given a bigger budget and enjoying himself. The summery saturated colours haunt the mind forever after. As too does Belmondo playing the sap given the run around who is simply mesmeric - the French Steve McQueen but, dare I say this, even more laid back. Great pace, silly, absurd, lush, lovely and comparatively accessible, a real joy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Imports don't play in this country!
It doesn't play in this country. This is not made explicit (US import??) and why is it being sold in this country when it requires atypical equipment?
Published 20 months ago by D. J. Tinkler
2.0 out of 5 stars She's Too Cool for School
"Pierrot Le Fou," "Pierrot the Fool," (1965). Many people consider this brisk (110 minutes) French film by famed nouvelle vague (new wave) director Jean-Luc Godard (Breathless... Read more
Published on 1 April 2011 by Stephanie De Pue
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad batch?
I can confirm, as an earlier reviewer wrote, that there seems to be a bad batch of blu-ray copies of Pierrot le Fou. Read more
Published on 6 May 2010 by kinopravda
1.0 out of 5 stars The Blu-ray inside was of Breathless, not Pierrot Le Fou
Unfortunately, the Blu-ray inside was of Breathless, not Pierrot Le Fou. The case and the print on the blu ray is of Pierrot, but when I saw the movie in my player it was from... Read more
Published on 1 May 2010 by Paulo Soares
5.0 out of 5 stars The French New Wave
Pierrot le fou, together with Breathless and Au revoir les enfants, is one of the high points of the French New Wave. It's a must to see and to be part of any video library. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2009 by Dra Carmo Souza Faro
4.0 out of 5 stars Eternal youth
It's a postcard of post-modern obsessions depicting a world of transient feelings evoked by youth to nature, love, art,gangster films,literature,advertising,politics,philosophy and... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2009 by technoguy
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