Farbspiele auf der Windschutzscheibe

Pierrot le Fou (Elf Uhr Nachts, FR/IT 1965, Jean-Luc Godard)

©StudioCanal / Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie / Dino de Laurentis Cinematographica, S.P.A. (Rome)

"Jean-Paul Belmondo is driving his babysitter Anna Karina home in Godard’s Pierrot Le Fou (1965). They're having a long conversation, but I can never remember what it’s about even though I’ve seen the film three or four times. Here’s why: The streetlights passing by are reflected on the windshield in crisp, crackling colors—electric blue, flaming yellow, tart orange—moving diagonally across the windshield like little comets, one every few seconds. It's so visually gorgeous, and hypnotic—due to its metronomic regularity—that I find myself doing little more than following the shifts of color and light that streak across the car, forgetting all about story, character and dialogue for the rest of the scene."


Girish Shambu (2006): The Cinephiliac Moment. Auf: girishshambu.net