Genre Guesstimation – Band of Outsiders (1964)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Keith of Keith & the Movies and we will be reviewing our favorite French New Wave Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Oct by sending them to newwavekeith@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Keith!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of French New Wave Films…..

“A minute of silence can last a long time… a whole eternity.” – Franz

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Two criminals enlist the help of a student in their latest robbery,

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was Keith’s choice for me to watch.

As many of you probably already know, I’m not the biggest fan of foreign language films, but when Keith threw down the challenge to watch films in this genre, I decided to try and see whether any of them would enthrall me enough.

I was quite surprised that I was able to get into this film so smoothly.

This is an excellent crime film that is able to stay thrilling throughout.

This largely had to do with the fact that the three main characters are developed really well and their chemistry together is so fluid throughout.

Obviously, much of their past is left unexplained, but we can assume much about the it based on how they act here.

The two main male characters are constantly quoting and imitating gangster films and that leads us to  believe that they are possibly just fan of the idea instead of being competent criminals, but we will never truly know.

The main female lead is possibly angered by her aunt and this is the perfect opportunity to rebel against her authority.

The way that these characters plan their heist is done really well because it all seems so simple on paper, but when it actually happens, they quickly learn that one must make decisions on the spot because not everything will always go as smoothly as planned.

The film has a very iconic dance scene between the characters that is quite fun to watch and it’s so understandable why many other films and other media have copied the idea over the years.

Really glad I got to see this film! (Tnx Keith)

Bottom Line – Excellent crime film that works so well largely due to the chemistry of the three main characters. The story itself is quite straightforward, but the way that they develop the characters helps make things so much more enjoyable to watch. The way that the two main characters constantly reference gangster films is great and it’s never quite clear whether they are experiences thieves or just wanna-bees. The heist plan itself is explained really well and as with many films in this genre, things don;t go as smoothly as wanted and this causes them to have to rethink everything along the way. The iconic dance scene really is fun and its understandable why it would be copied so often. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Quentin Tarantino named his production company, A Band Apart, after this film. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Absolutely!  Great character study that works so well its spellbinding.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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