May 2013 Announcements

Four years after Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard reimagined the gangster film even more radically with Band of Outsiders (Bande à part). In it, two restless young men (Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur) enlist the object of both of their fancies (Anna Karina) to help them commit a robbery—in her own home. This audacious and wildly entertaining French New Wave gem is at once sentimental and insouciant, effervescently romantic and melancholy, and it features some of Godard’s most memorable set pieces, including the headlong race through the Louvre and the unshakably cool Madison dance sequence. Spine #174

  • New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Raoul Coutard (DVD edition); digital master of Gaumont’s 2010 high-definition restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack (Blu-ray edition)
  • Visual glossary of references and quotations found in the film
  • Exclusive interviews with Coutard and actor Anna Karina
  • Excerpts from the documentary La nouvelle vague par elle-même, featuring director Jean-Luc Godard discussing the New Wave and rare behind-the-scenes footage from Band of Outsiders
  • Filmmaker Agnès Varda’s 1961 silent short Les fiancés du pont Mac Donald, featuring Godard, Karina, and other members of the Band of Outsiders cast
  • Godard’s original trailer and the 2001 U.S. rerelease trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by poet and critic Joshua Clover, character descriptions created by Godard for the film’s original press book, and a 1964 interview with the director

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