'Bande a Part' is fantastic- up there with 'A Bout de Souffle' and Truffaut's 'Tirez sur la Pianiste'...As with 'Breathless', it takes American noir conventions. And then some...There are references to philosphy, to America- and there is a sleazy- Cain/McCoy undertone; albeit, relocated to a black & white Paris...The male-male-female triad is perplexing- and reminiscent of the one in 'Jules et Jim'. Godard undercuts the 'expected' conventions- the end seems low-key and ultra-ironic. You can see Godard tiring of the expected rules of cinema- as Beckett tired of language- in the end where Godard the narrator deadpans the characters outcome. The best scenes are where the threesome decide to beat the record set for going round the Louvre, set by an American (the time is, yawn, the same as it takes Harvey Keitel's character to get to QT's house in 'Pulp Fiction'). Oh, and the dance scene here is as great as ever- surely it influenced other films beside the obligatory 'Pulp Fiction'? (Hal Hartley shorts come to mind)...This is one of the best Godard films, along with 'Breathless', 'Weekend', 'Alphaville' & 'Masculin-Feminin' (avoid 'Eloge de l'amour' however!). A classic!
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