Known as the pioneer of the French New Wave, Jean Luc Godard isn’t a name known to many casual movie goers. This was my first Godard movie too and I loved it.
Now, French New Wave is characterised by ‘breaking all the shackles’ that had earlier prevented directors from experimenting. Just to know more about him, I glanced through some articles and one of them said, “Godard used the flaws and formal no-nos of conventional cinema to reinvent cinema. Shooting without permits, using no real script (dialogue was post-dubbed), and liberated by the same new lightweight cameras that powered the 60s documentary boom, Godard achieved an off-the-cuff, free-form documentary feel that felt totally new and invigorating in 1960.”
All that the article said, you could really feel it in the movie. There was a carefree attitude (in terms of direction) that gave the movie a light feet to dance on. Although considered as a film noir movie, it didn’t feel like it. To be honest, I don’t have a lot of knowledge about genres but I had always associated film noir with films like Goodfellas ….please correct me if I’m wrong :P. This was something great. Direction, cinematography, music score, acting…….everything was just wonderful. I especially loved the cinematography…..it was unconventional.
You should really give it a try. I have never seen such a light film noir. It is great !!
IMDb-“A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.”