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Breathless (1960)

Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, more...
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France, Classic Crime, Crime, Classic Crime
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
The first feature film directed by Jean-Luc Godard and one of the seminal films of the French New Wave, Breathless is story of the love between Michel Poiccard, a small-time hood wanted for killing a cop, and Patricia Franchini, an American who sells the International Herald Tribune along the boulevards of Paris. Their relationship develops as Michel hides out from a dragnet. Breathless uses the famous techniques of the French New Wave: location shooting, improvised dialogue, and a loose narrative form. In addition Godard uses his characteristic jump cuts, deliberate "mismatches" between shots, and references to the history of cinema, art, and music. Much of the film's vigor comes from collisions between popular and high culture: Godard shows us pinups and portraits of women by Picasso and Renoir, and the soundtrack includes both Mozart's clarinet concerto and snippets of French pop radio. When Breathless was first released, audiences and critics responded to the burst of energy it gave the French cinema; it won numerous international awards and became an unexpected box-office sensation. ~ Louis Schwartz, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Commentary with film critic David Sterrit


You might also enjoy:

Breathless
Inferior U.S. remake with Richard Gere is still worth checking out as a curiosity (plus it has a cool title song by X)

Band of Outsiders
One of Godard's most enjoyable, a breezy, romantic romp

Pierrot le Fou
Improvisational romantic road movie is a must-see for fans of Godard's work



GreenCine Member Reviews

Belmondo and Seberg smoke, and smoke by jogilvy July 19, 2002 - 4:41 PM PDT
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2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Seminal French NW pic with the ever-dashing JP Belmondo, and his cute, disaffeted American gal in Paris. This film set the stage for the next decade. if you like Sebergs work, check out her doc pic diary of jean seberg-which chronicles her rise, and fall, and more.




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Moveline's 100 Best Foreign Films
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This list was published in Moveline's July 1996 issue.
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