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4.1
6,983 Ratings

Band of Outsiders

Bande à part

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
France, 1964
Crime, Drama

Synopsis

A pair of small-time crooks with a fondness for American b-movies, enlist the object of their shared affection, to help them steal a loot of cash from her own home. However, things go memorably awry in this radical re-imagining of the gangster film.

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Band of Outsiders Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
It’s as far as one can get from most gangster films—French as well as American. There’s no tragic anti-hero in the central role—just a young girl who might ordinarily be called a damsel in distress… She triggers the film’s real action. And that action is the “Madison.” For Band of Outsiders is a gangster film with a mini-musical inside of it. Anna Karina is the star of that musical. As she and her cohort trip the light fantastic, they take us somewhere we’ve never really been before.
February 22, 2017
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There’s much more to the film than that impetuously romantic surface that fans like Quentin Tarantino and Hal Hartley immediately remember. That is not to say it doesn’t deserve its reputation as one of Godard’s warmest and most widely appealing movies… Band of Outsiders hews closer to the template of his groundbreaking 1960 debut Breathless in marrying a comprehensible plot with riffs on popular genres and fairly fleshed-out characters, all marinated in his distinctly cool modernist style.
May 05, 2016
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Thinly plotted, indifferently paced, often distracted, filmed against white walls or through drizzle on drab sidewalks, Jean-Luc Godard’s 1964 film Band Of Outsiders is a movie held together by attitude; its title has long since become a byword for all things timelessly and effortlessly hip and offbeat… [It’s] come to be regarded as one of Godard’s most accessible films. But behind its substantial charm and light touch is a movie that’s more morbid, alienated, and personal than it lets on.
May 05, 2016
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