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Posted in Uncategorized by The Ruffian on January 22, 2009

Band of Outsiders. 1964. Jean-Luc Godard.

Odile, Arthur, and Franz meet in English class. When the naïve girl (played by Godard’s wife, the elfin Anna Karina) tells the boys about a big stash of money hidden in her foster parents’ home, they want more than just to get inside her too-tight sweaters. Their heads full of B movie ideas, the three plot a heist.

Stuffed with film in-jokes and self-conscious nods, Band of Outsiders has a playful charm. It features the record for the quickest trip to the Louvre (9 minutes and 43 seconds), an impromptu dance that is worth the price of admission by itself, and a reenactment of the death of Billy the Kid. None of the antics can quite disguise how serious Godard is about rejuvenating the movies, and thirty years later, the wild innovation he brought to this pulpy story is still refreshing.

Band of Outsiders

Band of Outsiders

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