Friday, September 2, 2011

The Great Scenes # 5: Band of Outsiders (1964)

The Cafe Dance

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

French New Wave cinema has produced a bunch of iconic films and made the names of quite a number of directors. One of them is Jean-Luc Godard. This is one of his most famous films. Band of Outsiders is about two crooks who manage to convince a beautiful young student to tag along in their different hijinks. The film goes to all sorts of different narrative directions with generous sprinklings of references in pop culture and literature. One of its most indelible scenes is the impromptu cafe dance by the three main characters. It is arguably one of the coolest scenes ever filmed and still holds up to this day. This scene and the movie itself is influential to this day. Quentin Tarantino, for instance, named his production company after the French title of the film (A Band Apart) and his famous dance sequence is partially inspired by the scene you see above. The film itself also inspired a currently famous clothing line.

10 comments:

My 2 Pesos said...

I'm watching this movie tomorrow! :D

mjunta said...

What is that language?

my day in a sentence said...

Yeah, this is really cool! :)

Jason said...

Thanks for the update! Followed!

Natural One said...

This is a cool scene

Damon said...

thanks for sharing this with us :)
nice post

Jaccstev said...

I know Jean-Luc Godard but I never seen this Band of Outsiders film. Thanks for pointing this out.

A said...

Great scene, I haven't seen this one yet, though I saw a couple other films of his. His film Alphaville was very good.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Great post. I absolutely adore this film.

That Bastard From Bellingham said...

Mmmmmmm, nostalgia! I remember watching this movie in high school, in Advanced Placement English.

Hell yes, Jean-Luc Goddard!!! Good choice to post 'bout, bro~!