Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot Le Fou

Overview

Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou (1965), made at the height of the French New Wave, remains a milestone in French cinema. More accessible than his later films, it represents the diverse facets of Godard's concerns and themes: a bittersweet analysis of male-female relations; an interrogation of the image; personal and international politics; the existential dilemmas of consumer society. This volume brings together essays by five prominent scholars of French film. They approach Pierrot le fou from the perspectives ...
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Overview

Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou (1965), made at the height of the French New Wave, remains a milestone in French cinema. More accessible than his later films, it represents the diverse facets of Godard's concerns and themes: a bittersweet analysis of male-female relations; an interrogation of the image; personal and international politics; the existential dilemmas of consumer society. This volume brings together essays by five prominent scholars of French film. They approach Pierrot le fou from the perspectives of image-and-word-play, aesthetics and politics, history, and high- and popular culture. A full filmography and a selection of reviews are included.

Contributors:
David Wills, Richard Dienst, Alan Williams, Jean-Louis Leutrat, Tom Conley, Jill Forties

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780511624421
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2015

Table of Contents

Introduction: oui, bien s-r ... oui bien s-r David Wills;

1. The imaginary element: life + cinema Richard Dienst;
2. Pierrot in context(s) Alan Williams;
3. Godard's tricolor Jean-Louis Leutrat;
4. Language gone mad Tom Conley;
5. Pierrot le fou and post-new wave French cinema Jill Forbes.

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