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France, 1964
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Starring Anna Karina, Sami Frey, Claude Brasseur
Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard
35mm. Approx. 97 min.

Claud Brasseur and Sami Frey (“Belmondo’s suburban cousins” - JLG) and mutual girlfriends Anna Karina, horse around with the idea of burglarizing the villa where she’s staying, but things go memorably awry. A jeu d'esprit, based on Fool’s Gold by Dolores Hitchens.


“A reverie of a gangster movie… It’s as if a French poet took a banal American crime novel and told it to us in terms of the romance and beauty he read between the lines; Godard re-creates the gangsters and the moll with his world of associations – and seeing them as people in a Paris cafe, mixing them with Rimbaud, Kafka, Alice in Wonderland.”
 – Pauline Kael

“Words are not up to capturing its elfin charm, not even up to hinting how beautiful Paris looked in Raoul Coutard’s unconsciously romantic photography. Although Godard talked alot about his theories and his methods, if he had a secret, it was a gift for creating irresistible images. BAND OF OUTSIDERS shows him at his most amusing, and that is no small thing.”
 – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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