WHAT: Pierrot Le Fou
WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 – 7pm - 9pm
WHERE: La Maison Française – 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW - Washington, D.C. - 20007
PRICE: Free admission – registration required
RESERVATION: Online registration required. EventBrite
ADD. INFOS: Every attendee must be registered under his/her name. Valid ID required. No parking inside the embassy.
Pierrot Le Fou
by Jean-Luc Godard
1965 – France – 115 min
In French with English subtitles
Anna Karina left Denmark at age 18 to pursue a modeling career in Paris. She turned down a supporting role in Breathless, but accepted the lead in Godard’s second feature, Le Petit Soldat. They married the following year and their cinematic collaboration continued with six more features. When not working with Godard, Karina appeared in a variety of other films, including Visconti’s The Stranger, Vadim’s La Ronde, and Jacques Rivette’s controversial La Religieuse (now back in theatres in a new 4K restoration).
In Pierrot Le Fou, her sixth collaboration with Godard, she plays the femme fatale role to its Godardian extreme: murdering, luring, seducing, abandoning, or playing the damsel-in-distress, all contributing to the unraveling sanity of her partner on-the-run, played with effortless cool by Jean-Paul Belmondo. Prefiguring the entire career of Godard, Pierrot Le Fou is probably one of the most visually exuberant films in the French cinema of the Sixties.