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Band of Outsiders(Bande à part)

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France · 1964
1h 35m
Director Jean-Luc Godard
Starring Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Sami Frey, Danièle Girard
Genre Crime, Drama, Romance

Cinephile slackers Franz and Arthur spend their days mimicking the antiheroes of Hollywood Noirs and Westerns while pursuing the lovely Odile. The misfit trio upends convention at every turn, be it through choreographed dances in cafés, or frolicking romps through the Louvre. Eventually, their love of outlaws inspires them to plan their own heist.

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Chicago Reader by

This remains one of Godard's most appealing and underrated films, relatively relaxed and strangely optimistic.


Village Voice by Amy Taubin

Along with Raoul Coutard's radiant cinematography, what makes the film extraordinary is Karina, the pure curves of her face a contradiction to the marionette angularity of her body.


Salon by Charles Taylor

Band of Outsiders is about the tyranny of living a life of movie-fed fantasies, and while it makes us see the poverty of those fantasies, it also makes them unaccountably rich, poetic, sad.


L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

Easily the most brilliant of the genuflections bestowed on the American gangster movie by the French New Wave.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

The wonderful thing about Band of Outsiders is that the daring elements that jazzed audiences then have the same power to intoxicate all these years later.


Chicago Tribune by Michael Wilmington

Blends a love of semi-trashy pop entertainment with a love of poetry, art and high moral seriousness. It's a young person's movie (Godard was 34 and Karina 24 in 1964) that retains its mysterious pull even as the film and we get older.

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