Monday, April 30, 2012

DIY Double Feature: PIERROT LE FOU and TRUE ROMANCE

Two movies about lovers on the run.  Each full of graphic violence that is cringe-worthy and/or laughter-inducing.

In PIERROT LE FOU, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) leaves his wife and family for a former girlfriend, Marianne (Anna Karina).  He soon learns she's gotten herself involved with arms dealers connected with the Algerian War, and then the two are on the run...  Godard-style.



In TRUE ROMANCE, Clarence (Christian Slater) falls for Alabama (Patricia Arquette), a girl he meets at a triple feature on his birthday.  He soon learns she's a call girl his boss sent him as a gift, and in an attempt to free her from that life, gets the two of them involved with violent drug dealers, and then the two are on the run...  Tarantino-style.  (The film was only written by Quentin Tarantino, and directed by Tony Scott, but the feel is more Tarantino than anything).



After watching both films, think about how life is a crap shoot.  How sometimes your sunlit beach contains an eye-patch symbolizing what you survived, and what you almost lost, while other times you get thick black smoke clouding the pristine blue sky over the Mediterranean Sea.  In the end, it doesn't matter how pure your intentions might have been, how much effort you put forth, or the quality of your character - you can give it all and lose.  Or you could win.  And so you have to give it your all.  Every freakin' time.

Except when it comes to wrapping your head in dynamite.  That one you shouldn't really undertake at all.  Or, if you do, be sure that your last thoughts are not second thoughts.


PIERROT LE FOU
Released:  1965
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Leads:  Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina
Writer:  Jean-Luc Godard
Plot Summary and reviews of PIERROT LE FOU @ Rotten Tomatoes

TRUE ROMANCE
Released:  1993
Director:  Tony Scott
Leads:  Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Michael Rapaport, Christopher Walken
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Plot Summary and reviews of TRUE ROMANCE @ Rotten Tomatoes