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Wilmington on DVDs: Band of Outsiders (Bande à part)


BAND OF OUTSIDERS (Bande a Part) (Blu-ray and DVD) (Four Stars)
France: Jean-Luc Godard, 1964 (Criterion Collection)


BAND OF OUTSIDERS (Bande a Part) (Blu-ray and DVD) (Four Stars)
France: Jean-Luc Godard, 1964 (Criterion Collection)


Par Jean-Luc


Bande a Part

(Band of Outsiders.)



Anna Karina

As Odile Monod



Claude Brasseur

As Arthur Rimbaud.


Sami Frey

As Franz Kafka.


Daniele Girard

As The English Teacher.


Based on Dolores Hitchens’ “Fool’s Fold.”


Un Film de

Nouvelle Vague

New Wave







Politics (Peut-etre).

Two Guys, A Girl and a Gun.





Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Playing at Being Outlaws and Artists

The Gray Suburbs

A House by the River

A Car with the Top Down

An English Lesson

Love and Death and Coffee and Cigarettes

The Race through the Louvre

Locked in the Closet

The Big Heist




Inspiree par:

Design for Living.

They Live By Night.

The Naked Kiss.

The Big Sleep.

Strangers on a Train



Give a Girl a Break

I Soliti Ignoti

Voyage en Italie.

A Bout de Souffle

Bob le Flambeur

Du Rififi Chez les Hommes


Et Avec

J. L. Godard

As The Narrator

As Nicholas Ray

As John Cassavetes.

As Donald Siegel.

As Samuel Fuller

As Raoul Walsh

As Jerry Lewis

As Jean-Pierre Melville


Band of Outsiders:

David Goodis.

Jim Thompson.

Horace McCoy.

Dashiell Hammett

William Faulkner

Raymond Queneau

Paul Eluard

Andre Breton

Karl Marx


Original Music by

Michel Legrand

Of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

With a Special Performance of The Madison by Brasseur, Karina and Frey


Choreographed by Bob Fosse


In Glorious

Black and White

By Raoul Coutard

And with the special appearances of

Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance

The Immigrants


Cinephiles of the world, arise.

You have nothing to lose but your chains..

Henri Langlois and S. M. Eisenstein

Bande a Part was directed, written and produced by Jean-Luc Godard, the auteur of Breathless, Une Femme est une Femme, Le Nouveau Monde, Laziness, Vivre sa vie, Les Carabiniers, Contempt, Le Petit Soldat, Le Grand Escroc and Une Femme marié.

This film is dedicated to Mon Bon Petit Frere, François Truffaut

And to Tirez sur le Pianiste.

And to Les Cahiers du Cinema,

And to Claude, Jacques and Eric

The Hitchcocko-Hawksians.

And to Papa Andre Bazin

Tirez sur le Cineaste!

Avec Gratitude to the Louvre Museum and Andre Malraux

And to Anna.

(In French, with English subtitles.)


Extras: Visual Glossary or references and quotations in the film — Interviews with Raoul Coutard and Anna Karina — Excerpts from documentary Le Nouvelle Vague par Elle-meme, with Godard — Short film Les Fiancés du Pont MacDonald (France: Agnes Varda, 1961) (Three Stars) With Godard and Karina — Trailers — Booklet with essay by Joshua Clover, Press book character descriptions by Godard, and a 1964 Interview with Godard.



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One Response to “Wilmington on DVDs: Band of Outsiders (Bande à part)”

  1. The Pope says:

    Best and wittiest review I’ve ever read of this great movie. Thanks, Mike!


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