Criterion has devoted the entire first disc to the film while the supplements are all found on the second dual-layer disc, which is sort of overkill since there is less than two hours worth of material on here.
First up is a 15-minute interview with Anna Karina. In English she talks quickly about her various roles in Godardís films and then concentrates specifically on Pierrot le fou, her character Marianne, her working relationship with Godard on the film, and then anecdotes from the set, one of which involves Godard frustrated at the fact she couldnít knock the pins down in the bowling scene close to the end of the film. She then gets a little into the filmís reception. I like her interviews and this is another excellent one. I guess Iím always a little thrown that she speaks so fondly of Godard in her interviews since every other interview Iíve heard that mention the man present a man the individuals respect but who is, well, difficult, to put it nicely. But then Iím sure she knew him better than everyone else.
A Pierrot Primer is a sort of audio commentary/video essay featuring future Godard collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin, who talks about the film and how it fits into Godardís body of work. It runs almost 36-minutes but only covers the first 14-15 minutes of the film as the feature constantly pauses the film or repeats certain sections. Covering the narrative set-up, various quotes, and even breaking down the opening credits itís an interesting feature though I think I would have appreciated a full commentary more. Plus I must admit that personally Iíve always had trouble with Gorinís English and subtitles would have been of help.
Belmondo in the Wind is a short 9-minute interview piece with Belmondo primarily, taken while Pierrot le fou was being filmed, getting the first interview with the man after heís just dodged a train. He talks primarily of his acting technique, not buying into the art of ďmethodĒ acting, and he even talks about his wife and the jealousy that can occur when he has to share certain scenes with lovely actresses. Godard and Karina also pop up to talk about him, Karina giving an ďuhÖ thanks?Ē sort of compliment to Belmondo by saying he ďisnít gorgeous, but not bad.Ē Short but worth the viewing, if also for some of the behind-the-scenes material present.
More interview footage is found under Venice Film Festival, 1965, running about 4-minutes. Here youíll find brief material with Godard and Karina, recorded separately. Itís actually fairly fluffy and not all that insightful with the two just talking briefly about the material presented in the film.
The big feature on here is the 53-minute documentary Godard, líamour, la poťsie which covers the working relationship between Godard and Karina. I was actually looking forward to this documentary but must admit I was a little disappointed in it. The film quickly covers Godardís early career and then moves on to his film work starting with Breathless. The documentary then steps through the films he did with Karina, touching on where their relationship was with each film, including Contempt, in which Karina does not appear. It then concludes with Pierrot le fou, though doesnít touch on Made in U.S.A.. Itís an okay documentary but it didnít really offer anything new. People completely unfamiliar with Godard and Karinaís working relationship would probably get more out of it. The only thing I really found nice about the documentary were archival audio interviews with Karina who talks about her relationship with Godard.
The supplements then conclude with a theatrical trailer.
The best part about this release is the booklet, which contains an excellent analytical essay on the film by Richard Brody, Andrew Sarrisí original 1969 review for the film, which is an excellent read, and a reprinting of a great interview with Godard, that takes up most of the 43-page booklet. Easily the best part of this release.
Theyíre a decent batch of supplements but not great in terms of quality. The booklet was easily my favourite aspect of the DVD, followed probably by the Karina and Belmondo interviews. 6/10