Band of Outsiders (Bande à Part)

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In Brief: Perhaps not as frequently screened as Jean-Luc Godard staples like Breathless, Band of Outsiders is essential viewing in full for those who are only familiar with its oft-homaged dance sequence or its famed Louvre footrace. Intended to be more commercial than the previous year's Contempt, Godard's notable quip, ''All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun,'' fails to take into account the fact that Godard will always be Godard — meaning even his most valiant effort to make broad box office bait with a simple setup will be something far more complex and personal. Band of Outsiders is certainly that, with then-wife Anna Karina coming to set straight from the hospital following a failed suicide attempt, and her male co-stars Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur playing characters named after Kafka and Rimbaud. Easily one of Godard's most fun and engaging films, it's a mystery to me why Band of Outsiders has been so consistently underrated within the director's oeuvre.
Genre: Crime Comedy
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Sami Frey
Rated: NR

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Band of Outsiders on Friday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. at Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, 2160 Hwy 70, Swannanoa.


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