Band of Outsiders

Band of Outsiders

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Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Cast: Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Sami Frey

     
 

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Jean-Luc Godard's classic Band of Outsiders gets the treatment it deserves from Criterion. The film is presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include interviews, a documentary made at the time of production, an explanation ofSee more details below

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Overview

Jean-Luc Godard's classic Band of Outsiders gets the treatment it deserves from Criterion. The film is presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include interviews, a documentary made at the time of production, an explanation of the visual and verbal jokes found throughout the film, trailers, the Agnès Varda short Les Fiancés du Pont Mac Donald, and a 16-page booklet with additional information about the making of the film. This is the kind of release that has made Criterion one of the premiere names in home video.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Eddy Crouse
In 1963, director Jean-Luc Godard deftly changed gears from the CinemaScope corrosion of Contempt to the rough-and-ready black-and-white of Band of Outsiders. From the outset of the rinky-dink credits, the film never relents on charm, dwelling in the same petty-crime mind-set that haunted Breathless -- and in a world where characters are as likely to talk to the audience (often about other movies) as to each other. Living with her aunt in the permanently overcast outskirts of Paris, Odile (Anna Karina) finds herself caught between two semi-tough nuts, Franz (Sami Frey) and Arthur (Claude Brasseur), who, among other ploys, infiltrate Odile's language class in order to pass her suggestive notes. Not unlike Godard himself, this unsteady trio is already in firm command of filmic gestures, and consequently Band of Outsiders is suffused with a slew of ecstatic only-in-the-movies moments. Woven throughout the loopy, romantic plot are Brasseur’s resonant impression of a gunshot from Billy the Kid, a light-speed run through the entirety of the Louvre, and a hilarious, whispered voice-over that updates latecomers as to what’s transpired 15 minutes into the film. Although the boys eventually rope Odile into a fatally botched heist, the story remains effervescent. The scene where all three dance the Madison remains sublime and eternal, marking this possibly as the most purely pleasurable of Godard's films.
All Movie Guide - Louis Schwartz
Bande à part is the story of three alienated French youths (Odile, Arthur, and Franz) who attempt an ill-fated burglary. Bande à Part is one of the easiest Godard films to follow because its story is presented linearly and without disruptive montage. Although the film does not generate much narrative tension, it does capture the atmosphere among Odile, Arthur, and Franz. Bande à part contains two of the most memorable and exciting scenes of the French New Wave: a scene in which Odile, Arthur, and Franz run through a museum, and a scene in which they dance to a jukebox in a cafe. The dance scene has been borrowed in many films, including Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Rio Das Mortes and Hal Hartley's Simple Men. Bande à part is driven by its actors and the chemistry among them. It uses their interactions to document the feeling of being young and French in the early 1960s.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/07/2003
UPC:
0037429170328
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
3,555

Special Features

New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Raoul Coutard; Visual glossary of references and wordplay found throughout Band of Outsiders; Interview excerpts with director Jean-Luc Godard and rare behind-the-scenes footage of Band of Outsiders from the 1964 documentary La Nouvelle Vague par Elle-même; Exclusive interviews with Raoul Coutard and actress Anna Karina; Agnès Varda's silent comedy Les Fiancés du Port Mac Donald, featuring Godard and members of the cast of Band of Outsiders; Two theatrical trailers, including Godard original; Sixteen-page booklet including an essay by poet Joshua Clover, character descriptions by Godard, and a reprinted 1964 interview with the director; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anna Karina Odile
Claude Brasseur Arthur
Sami Frey Franz
Louisa Colpeyn Mme. Victoria
Michel Delahaye Doorman at School
Danièle Girard English teacher
Jean-Luc Godard Narrator
Claude Makovski Pupil
Ernest Menzer Arthur's uncle
Georges Staquet Legionnaire

Technical Credits
Jean-Luc Godard Director,Screenwriter
Antoine Bonfanti Sound/Sound Designer
Francoise Collin Editor
Raoul Coutard Cinematographer
Philippe Dussart Producer,Production Manager
Agnès Guillemot Editor
René Levert Sound/Sound Designer
Michel Legrand Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "My Story Begins Here" [7:05]
2. For Latecomers [1:44]
3. Loui's School [2:29]
4. Romeo and Juliet [6:33]
5. French Kiss [5:06]
6. The Accomplice [4:49]
7. The Stash [3:10]
8. The Interrogation [2:46]
9. Truths and Tigers [5:04]
10. Lies and Libations [6:14]
11. "A Minute of Silence" [2:31]
12. The Madison [4:13]
13. Love and Bullets [3:42]
14. Odile's Ode [2:21]
15. The Morning After [2:36]
16. A Change of Plans [6:18]
17. Killing Time [2:08]
18. Pressures and Preparations [3:00]
19. The Approach [4:32]
20. Up and Out [4:47]
21. The Heist [6:33]
22. "A Dark Foreboding" [4:21]
23. Going South [4:09]
1. Becoming a Film Lover [1:47]
2. Jean-Luc's Discovery [5:28]
3. An Actor's Director [5:07]
4. Anna's Foul Language [:40]
5. Raoul Coutard [2:17]
6. Bumping Into Claude [:54]
7. Fan Mail [1:07]
8. Favorite Scenes [1:02]
1. Taking Risks [1:56]
2. Necessary Solutions [2:20]
3. Lighting Interiors [1:07]
4. Shooting Exteriors [1:19]
5. Depending on His Mood [2:10]
6. The New Wave [2:08]

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