"Pierrot le fou" is a 1965 French New Wave film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina. The film is based on the 1962 novel "Obsession" by Lionel White. The plot follows Ferdinand, an unhappily married man, as he escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by OAS hitmen (far-right French dissident paramilitary organisation during the Algerian War).
Godard’s creative freedom, characterised by iconoclasm, new approaches to editing, visual style and narrative and portrayal of social and political upheavals, guided the French New Wave. He helped revolutionize popular cinema in the 1960s, and spent the rest of his career pushing boundaries and reinventing cinematic form. His film "Pierrot le Fou" triggered a renaissance in Hollywood in the seventies in the form of movies like Bonnie and Clyde.
The icon of French New Wave, who had revolutionised filmmaking and influenced a generation of Hollywood directors, died peacefully at ninety-one on 13 September 2022 in Switzerland. During a prolific career, Godard shot around 150 films and videos and remained active right up until his death.
The film will be screened at the Rainbow theatre on Monday 17 October, 07:00 P.M. The film is in French with English subtitles. This event is free of charge and open to the public.