Thursday, May 6, 2010

at the end of a long day


anna karina is an exceptional beauty. in "pierrot le fou" - directed by jean-luc godard and released in 1965 - she plays her classic "wild child" role to the hilt, and looks astounding while doing so. i LOVE all of godards films - his use of the fourth wall, his 1960's hate for the bourgeois, the blocks & pops of color in his costuming and sets. and his consistent use of anna is another amazing choice - she lifted his cinema into another realm.

yet the brilliant color, the rapid rhythms, and even the song-and-dance numbers only serve to color the unhappiness, making this a vibrant tragicomedy. the film veers between exuberance and exhaustion, yet for all its free-wheeling formal invention, this is one of godards most emotionally direct films, a piercing lament on the perils of love.

older films will always have my heart for their ability to address life beautifully, straight on, and with such pure excitement & love.

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