New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

band_of_outsiders_poster.jpg - 8522 BytesBAND OF OUTSIDERS

September 12, 2003(Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(France, 1964, 97 minutes, b&w and color, 35mm)

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Starring Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Sami Frey

Jean-Luc Godard continues his fascination with dime store novels and American crime films with BAND OF OUTSIDERS, a free-spirited romp in the same vein as the director's breakthrough smash, BREATHLESS. The story follows two friends, Arthur (Claude Brasseur) and Franz (Sami Frey), who are searching for a way to make a big score. When Franz meets the beautiful Odile (Anna Karina) and she informs him of a large chunk of cash her aunt keeps hidden in her house, the duo are convinced that this is their lucky break. Odile is a sensitive young woman who, out of fear and guilt, opposes their plan, Arthur and Franz coax her to go along with the idea. When the time comes to pull of the heist, a miscalculation delays the seemingly perfect plan, resulting in a confrontation that has dire consequences. More traditional than BREATHLESS in its technical execution, Godard's film nonetheless sparkles with freshness and originality by using a comical, poetic narration (by Godard himself), as well as Michel Legrand's bouncy score. As the ambiguous threesome, Karina, Brasseur, and Frey each give performances that combine satirical melodrama, overflowing hipness, and moving sincerity, providing the film with its heart, and making it much more than a mere genre reworking.