THIS ARTICLE IS PART OF THE LIST OF SHAME PROJECT: 100 MOVIES THAT WILL SHATTER MY CREDIBILITY
Pierrot le Fou is the story of a man (Ferdinand, played by Jean-Paul Belmondo) who leaves his wife, kids and wealthy life behind to run away with his ex-lover (Marianne, played by Anna Karina), who is being chased by gangsters. Its story is adapted from Obsession, a novel by Lionel White. But that’s not terribly important – in fact, halfway through the film I had no idea where they were, if the gangsters were still after them, or where could it all possibly be leading to. And the truth is, it didn’t really matter, for I didn’t really care what happened. What I did want to know was what would be the next shot. What would Godard do next, what colours would he highlight, what angle, what wacko editing technique would he use. It’s that touch of Godard (more like a punch) with color filtered shots, fake props, but true thoughts, that we hungrily absorb for nearly two hours.