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Anna Karina and Sami Frey in Jean-Luc Godard's Band of Outsiders (1964)

BAND OF OUTSIDERS: GODARD AMONG THE GANGSTERS – REVIEW BY PAULINE KAEL

Jean-Luc Godard intended to give the public what it wanted. His next film was going to be about a girl and a gun—”A sure-fire story which will sell a lot of tickets.” And so, like Henry James’ hero in The Next Time he proceeded to make a work of art that sold fewer tickets than ever. What was to be a simple commercial movie about a robbery became Band of Outsiders.

ACCATTONE: POET AND THE PIMP – Review by Stanley Kauffmann

Accattone lives as a work of narrow but intense vision—a film about viciousness and criminality that evokes compassion. Its style is neorealist: it was made on locations, not in studios, with nonprofessional performers. Sometimes this method makes merely vernacular films, but it gives Accattone a grainy, gripping authenticity.