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A Very French Film,
This review is from: Bande A Part [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The film Bande a Part (The Outsiders) is widely considered Jean-Luc Godard’s best and most influential film. It was innovative in editing techniques and the use of narration in film and for these reasons, it appears on many film critics top 100 film lists. It is also commonly known that Quentin Tarintino has expressed his like for this film and named his production company (A Band Apart) after the film. He also makes reference to this films famous dance scene in ‘Pulp Fiction’ and he supposedly showed the scene to Uma Thurman and John Travolta so that they could be inspired.
All of these reasons inspired me to watch this movie and I was slightly disapointed with what I saw. The film is relatively short at 97 minutes but it feels as if it has gone on too long by the time you are finished. The characters are not very intriguing to the viewer, although it is possible that viewers might be inhibited by the use of subtitles. The plot is also hard to follow and many scenes seem to have little relevance to the story as a whole. However, there are some truly inspired scenes that help to redeem some of the more negative aspects. One other great point to the film is the stylish use of narration which has been copied in mass by other film makers and most notably in another French film, Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Amélie).
Overall, this film is not for an average viewer looking for a night of entertainment. I suggest that this is an essential for a student of film because it was so revolutionary but the problem with revolutionary films is that they aren’t revolutionary any more and their techniques are over used.