marți, 14 martie 2017

Bande à Part aka Band of Outsiders by Jean-Luc Godard

Bande à Part aka Band of Outsiders by Jean-Luc Godard

Another version of this note and thoughts on other books are available at:

This is acclaimed as one of the best films.
TIME Magazine has included it among the best 100 movies, which is available here:

The plot is rather simple.
The directness of the narrative probably adds to its attractiveness.

Band of Outsiders is an adaptation of the novel Fool’s Gold and it is a Nouvelle Vague film, the French:

-           New Wave Movement

Two partners in crime, called Arthur and Franz want to rob a house and at the start of the film look at their target.
They then start shooting each other, inspired by the many movies that they watch and have a liking for and which probably inspire their crime plans.

They meet Odile, a beautiful woman played by Anna Karina, in an English class that touches on important subjects:

-          Classic = modern

An interesting, counterintuitive statement that the teacher wants to explore further and asks about a quote from Elliot.
He is supposed to have said, albeit I could not find the quote on the net, something like: all that is new becomes automatically traditional...or words to that effect, spoken anyway in french

There are some classic scenes, in a film that has inspired Quentin Tarantino and Bernardo Bertolucci, among others.
Quentin Tarantino has called his company A Band Apart and the famous dance scene with Uma Thurman and John Travolta is inspired by a classic dance within Band of Outsiders.

Another special idea is the „one minute silence”, which has been timed at 36 seconds and has reminded me of Romanian films.
Come to think of it Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Iranian directors and others use this procedure wherein eating a soup on film lasts...well, as long as it does in real life...but many feel it takes too long.

The other scene that I have seen in History of Cinema documentaries as a classic, inspiring moment has to do with the Louvre.
An american from San Francisco had had a record of „visiting” The Louvre in about 9 minutes and some seconds.

The crazy trio decide to beat the record and are filmed running away through the halls and corridors of The Louvre.

In a strange coincidence, I have finished reading The Sellout, by Paul Beatty, winner of The Man Booker Prize for 2016.
To quote The Telegraph :

-          „ It’s an onslaught of provocative ideas (a return to slavery anyone?) and slyly casual references to Jean-Luc Godard, Robespierre and Björk.”

If I remeber well, Paul Beatty says that „Godard approaches film making as a critic”, but some corrupt and stupid individual is using a drilling machine –almost always and right next to my head, if across the wall- and I find all the memory turning blank.

Luckily, there is the internet with quotes from this great work:

„Franz: Isn't it strange how people never form a whole?
Odile: In what way?
Franz: They never come together. They remain separate. Each goes his own way, distrustful and tragic. Even when they're together, in big buildings, or in the street.

Franz: A minute of silence can last a long time... a whole eternity.

Le narrateur: A few clues for latecomers: Several weeks ago... A pile of money... An English class... A house by the river... A romantic young girl...

Le narrateur: My story ends here like a dime novel. At a superb moment, when everything is going right. Our next episode, this time in Cinemascope and Technicolor: Odile and Franz in the tropics.”

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