Topic: Godard's Pierrot le Fou Rare 35mm Screening March 2 & 6 @ The Plaza
Pierrot le fou (1965)
Tuesday, March 2 at 7pm
Saturday, March 6 at 12pm
(repeat screening with 'Film School' lecture & discussion)
Both screenings at The Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Road NW
$12 General Admission / $10 Members/Students/Seniors
35mm / Colour / 110 mins / French w/ English subtitles
For pure entertainment and unabashed love of cinema, 1965's Pierrot le fou is Jean-Luc Godard's finest hour.John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
The Calgary Cinematheque presents the fifth and final film in a series of screenings celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the French New Wave. Bursting onto the scene in 1959, young filmmakers like FranÃ§ois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard changed the landscape of cinema immediately and indelibly. Even five decades later, independent films still reverberate with their influence. Our series of films will screen on the first Tuesday of each month, with a repeat screening and lecture the following Saturday. This series is presented in collaboration with the Alliance FranÃ§aise of Calgary, Cultures France and the French Embassy in Ottawa. The series concludes with screenings of a new 35mm print of Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou.
In conjunction with our French New Wave series, we present a monthly series of short lectures by film experts. These lectures take place on Saturday afternoons and are followed by a film screening and discussion. The series concludes on Saturday March 6 at Noon with "The End of the French New Wave" presented by Nancy Tousley (Senior Arts Writer for the Calgary Herald) and a screening of Godard's playful and explosive 1965 film, Pierrot le fou.
Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), and leaves the bourgeoisie behind. Yet this is no normal road trip: genius auteur Jean-Luc Godard's tenth feature in six years is a stylish mash-up of consumerist satire, politics, and comic-book aesthetics, as well as a violent, zigzag tale of, as Godard called them, "the last romantic couple." With blissful color imagery by cinematographer Raoul Coutard and Belmondo and Karina at their most animated, Pierrot le fou is one of the high points of the French New Wave, and was Godard's last frolic before he moved ever further into radical cinema.