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Band of Outsiders (1964)
April 30, 2011, 10:43 pm
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Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Perhaps the most accessible of Godard’s pictures, Band of Outsiders is a film of gestures. Charmingly tangential with episodes including a dance sequence and a quick sprint through the Louvre, the light tone of the film serves as a slight misdirection when, in the last third, the violence becomes all too real. I am admittedly a Godard philistine and only find pleasure in a select few of his pictures (Vivre sa vie being a favorite), however the film’s self-reflexivity and stylistic exhilaration rises above the forgettable narrative. Narrative, of course, is not the point – the film’s pleasures are not in what it is about, but in how it is about it.

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