FMP: Research – Pierrot le Fou
Pierrot le Fou
‘Pierrot le fou is a 1965 French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo. The film is based on Obsession, a novel by Lionel White.’
Although this film is not strictly speaking experimental I believe it was the basis on which experimental films grew from as this is considered a ‘pop art’ or ‘post modernism’ film. It uses extraordinary editing techniques using layers and lots of colour that flashes in and out. When watching this film I was not only confused as to what was going on both with the storyline and the sometimes non linear images but I was somewhat intrigued and compelled to keep watching it, as it is different form anything I have ever seen before which was interesting. The fact that it was in French made it that little bit more charming and not at all off putting by having to read subtitles. The often random visuals like the one above, made it more exciting as I was being lead on a journey and I didn’t know where it was taking me, and yet I didn’t care as the visuals were so striking, especially in the way they have been composed.
From this I will take away the thought of being more explorative in regards to when it comes to editing my film, experimenting with different things and exploring various paths, in order to stand out more as an experimental documentary.