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Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard Jean-Luc Godard

Produced: 1964

Countries & Regions: France

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Certificate: PG

Studio: British Film Institute

Length: 96 mins

Format: Blu-ray

Region: Region B

Released: 21 March 2016

Cat No: BFIB1243

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Languages(s): French
Subtitles: English
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Screen ratio 1:1.33
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Bande À Part

Cast: Anna Karina , Claude Brasseur , Sami Frey , Jean-Luc Godard , Michel Delahaye , Ernest Menzer , Danièle Girard , Louisa Colpeyn , Jean-Claude Remoleux , Chantal Darget , Georges Staquet , Michele Seghers , Claude Makovski

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Jean-Luc Godard writes and directs this French crime drama starring Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey. Streetwise Parisians... Read More

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Jean-Luc Godard writes and directs this French crime drama starring Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey. Streetwise Parisians Franz and Arthur (Frey and Brasseur) team up with the shy Odile (Karina) to plan a robbery. As the trio’s overdeveloped fantasies are worked out whilst visiting the Louvre, cafés and even play-acting shootouts, it soon becomes apparent that the robbery is not going to go according to plan...

This is the one Tarantino named his Pulp Fiction production outfit after and upon which Hal Hartley modelled that ensemble dance sequence in Simple Men. The playful allusion is thoroughly understandable, for Bande a part remains one of the liveliest Parisian frolics in the French New Wave since Zazie dans le Metro. For Godard, reality was a movie and movies were real. At one point in Bande a part, the director represents silence not by making Karina, Frey and Brasseur be quiet, but by not putting any sound in the finished mix. Bande a part is a joyful celebration of the world Godard loved. And he revelled in the possibilities of the cinematic mix – genre movie, cinema verite, direct address, intertitles – which symbolize film’s ‘assembled’ take on the real, as well as its allegiance to a wider society and its cultures. Indeed, the anti-Establishment, anti-‘official cinema’ stance of early Godard is epitomized by this title’s tribute to the cheeky iconoclast. Its stylistic impulsiveness is echoed in Karina, arch-siren of the Nouvelle Vague, who tags along with a couple of small-time hoods from the suburbs for a series of adventures – miming Billy the Kid, running around the Louvre, trying to learn English – in a film, true to Godard’s philosophy, whose picaresque trajectory mirrors the process of making reality into a movie. Godard married Karina in 1961 and they divorced in 1964. From 1966, Godard’s work takes a sharply political turn…

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