DVD – Elf Clock at night

DVD - Elf Clock at night

Elf Clock at night

               Genre: Drama, Crime
               Paris, corpses, the Vietnam War, painting, dynamite

The impossibility of love

  Ferdinand Griffon (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is married to a beautiful woman of the Parisian high society (Graziella Galvani), and that evening, where he is in the bath and reads to his daughter from a work of Spanish painter, it requires him not later to accept the invitation of his father in a conventional society. But his wife has already hired a child who appears in person to the student Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina) also, so that Ferdinand reluctantly breaks up with his wife for glamorous party. Ferdinand, however, does not stay long on the stylized colorful celebration of superficiality, in which the conversations consist mostly of dialogue that seem like advertising slogans for exclusive products, even if the film is enriched by the intellectual territory philosophies of a U.S. American director (Samuel Fuller) is. When Ferdinand returned home and heimfährt the babysitter, it is clear that we are dealing with the student about his former lover, and between the two flared up again soon, the old attraction, so that Pierrot, as Marianne calls him stubborn, spontaneous, his family leave – for good, it finally turns out. And starts associated with it a sloping road movie à la Jean-Luc Godard, the detailed literary elements with a political background and a not inconsiderable number of bloody corpses.

Elf Clock at night, whose German title has little significance, is — Godard as the specialist Colin MacCabe in his introduction to the film on the DVD aptly – a film about death and the impossibility of love dar. At the time of the shooting were the director and scriptwriter of the book based on the novel Obsession by Lionel White wrote, and his then-wife Anna Karina already separated and there were concerns about the fact that Jean-Luch Godard was transported mainly to the sharp end of the movie suicidal tendencies.

The political aspects are focused on a cynical parody of the Vietnam War, while the wide-ranging literary allusions sequences contain mainly on the French scene, such as Arthur Rimbaud, and also install an attractive and epic poetry in the drama, the be emphasized by vocally-choreographic contributions. While Pierrot in the rural idyll of the departed as detailed togetherness is dedicated to writing, there is a lack of Marianne movements and activities – a non-symbolic of the ultimate incompatibility of their compound whose Ewigkeitsversprechen Pierrot, but the audience is told by Marianne significant jump in his face. An intense moment, the firm represents more than any other core message of the film with the rejection of the shelf life of love, for that this loyalty oath to never leave her lover is doomed to failure, it is wholly enchanting and almost weightless acting here is no Anna Karina doubt.

Basically Elf Clock at night, telling his inspiring, occasionally pausing abruptly music as dramatically important component to its lively color combinations, and its dynamic cut the story of a gangster discontinuous pair that has the civic life rigorously turned his back and with as much sarcasm as obvious robs and murders. The extraordinary story of artistic design, which is flanked by numerous visual effects like the glow of terms such as “many” and “mort” collage of neon, as well as intellectual discourses and the coarse humor make Elf Clock at night to a bizarre, very well orchestrated work full of philosophical inspirations, beyond the traditional viewing habits that has numerous references to several films, Jean-Luc Godard, and thus within the overall view of his work occupies an important position.

(Mary Anderson)

Title: Elf Clock at night Original Title: Pierrot le fou Country of production: France, Italy Year of production: 1965 Length: 105 (Min) Published by: Arthaus format: 2,35:1 (anamorph) tone / language: Dolby Digital mono, German, English, French EAN: 4006680049694 Extras: Introduction by Colin MacCabe, audio commentary with Jean-Bernard Pouy, posters and VHS covers, trailer. The DVD is only in the context of “Jean-Luc Godard Edition” is available.

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