Join for a screening of Pierrot Le Fou (1965), a story of "the last romantic couple," by Jean-Luc Godard.
New York University in Washington, DC (NYU) in partnership with Alliance Française of Washington (AFDC) invite you to a screening of Pierrot Le Fou (1965), by Jean-Luc Godard on Tuesday, October 4. This event is part of the AFDC’s Film Festival “Belmondo Retrospective," which pays homage to the beloved French actor’s early career. The film will be shown at NYU located at 1307 L St NW, Washington, DC.
This event is in-person only.
Covid Policy at NYU:
Valid Photo ID with proof of full Covid vaccination plus booster are required and must be provided at entrance. Face masks are required when inside the building.
About the film:
Pierrot Le Fou (1965) | 110 min | France | in French with English subtitles
Synopsis: Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo), unhappily married and recently fired from his job, abandons his family and runs off to the Riviera with the enigmatic Marianne (Anna Karina). Ferdinand, whom Marianne calls “Pierrot,” tries to find artistic fulfillment between bouts of criminal adventure, but keeps getting entangled in Marianne’s violent life. (Source: Rialto Pictures)
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About Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean-Paul Belmondo was born in the middle-class Parisian suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1933. His father, Paul Belmondo, who was born in Algiers to a family of Italian origin, was a highly regarded sculptor and a professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts. His mother, Sarah (nee Rainaud-Richard), was a painter.
Jean-Paul Belmondo studied acting at the Paris Conservatory and became a star overnight in Godard’s Breathless (1960). The quintessential New Wave actor, Belmondo went on to work with most of the major directors of the 60s and 70s. He climaxed his Godardian phase with Pierrot le fou (1965), swashbuckled and globe-trotted in Philippe de Broca’s Cartouche (1962) and That Man from Rio (1964), wore a cassock and a trenchcoat for Jean-Pierre Melville’s Léon Morin, prêtre and Le Doulos (both 1961 and future Rialto Pictures releases), romanced Catherine Deneuve in Truffaut’s Mississippi Mermaid (1969), stood up to screen veterans Jean Gabin and Charles Vanel in Henri Verneuil’s Un Singe en hiver (1962) and Melville’s L’Ainé des Ferchaux (1963), and embodied one of the 20th century’s most daring swindlers in Alain Resnais’s Stavisky (1974).
By the late 1970s, Belmondo had abandoned art house films for action vehicles which shifted the dramatic emphasis from acting talent to acrobat prowess (Belmondo priding himself on being his own stuntman). By the mid-80s his popularity was on the wane, though he made a comeback of sorts in Claude Lelouch’s Itinéraire d’un enfant gaté (1988) and Les Misérables (1995). His other credits include Patrice Leconte’s Half a Chance (1998), Cedric Klapisch’s Peut-être (1999) and Bernard Stora’s made-fortelevision remake of L’Ainé des Ferchaux (2001), in which Belmondo reprised the role played by Charles Vanel in the 1963 version.
Owner of the prestigious Théâtre des Varietés in Paris, Belmondo made his stage comeback in 1987 and has portrayed Edmund Kean, Cyrano and Frédérick Lemaître (the brilliant ham actor of Children of Paradise fame) and starred in two Feydeau revivals. In 1999 and 2001, Belmondo suffered strokes that forced him into retirement. (Souce: Pressbook © 2003, Rialto Pictures LLC).
Jean-Paul Belmondo died on September 6, 2021 in Paris at the age of 88.
Film Festival Schedule
Friday, September 23, 7:00 pm at La Maison Française at the French Embassy | Une femme est une femme (1961), by Jean-Luc Godard | 84 min | France | in French with English subtitles
Monday, September 26, 7:00 pm, at AMC Montgomery 16 | A bout de souffle (1960), by Jean-Luc Godard | 90 min | France | in French with English subtitles
Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 pm, at Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Washington, DC | Le Doulos (1962), by Jean-Pierre Melville 108 min | France | in French with English subtitles
Friday, September 30, 7:00 pm, at The Ven Hotel at Embassy Raw | Léon Morin, prêtre (1961), by Jean-Pierre Melville | 117 min | France | in French with English subtitles
Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 pm, at NYU Washington, DC | Pierrot Le Fou (1965), by Jean-Luc Godard |110 min | France | in French with English subtitles
Thursday, October 6, 6:45 pm, at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center | La Sirène du Mississippi (1969), by François Truffaut |123 min | 35 mm | France | in French with English subtitles
Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 pm, at Alliance Française of Washington, Stavisky (1974), by Alain Resnais |117 min | France, Italy | in French
Friday, October 14, 7:00 pm, at La Maison Française at the French Embassy | Belmondo par Belmondo (2016), by Régis Mardon | 90 min | France | in French with English subtitles