Breathless (1960)

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A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.


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  • Jean-Paul Belmondo in Breathless (1960)
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  • Jean Seberg during the filming of "Breathless." 1959 / **I.V.
  • American actress Jean Seberg (1938 - 1979), as Patricia Franchini, and French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo as Michel Poiccard, in a love scene from 'Breathless' ('A bout De Souffle'), directed by Jean-Luc Godard, 1960.

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11 November 2002 | Infofreak
Sure it revolutionized movies, no argument there, but it's not that much fun to watch thirty-odd years later.
Godard's 'Breathless' is regarded as one of the most important and influential movies of the modern era. And you'll get no argument from me on that score. But unlike other classics by Hitchcock, Welles, Lang, Kubrick or Peckinpah, it is a movie to be admired, but not I'm sad to say enjoyed. Watching it to me is almost like doing homework. You can immediately see in what ways it must have been daring and innovative at the time, and you can understand how many things about it, (especially the editing, which alternates jerky cuts with slow passages of dialogue about "nothing"), influenced everything from 'Easy Rider' to 'Reservoir Dogs'. But is it entertaining viewing? No. Belmondo and Seberg are cool and charismatic and act impressively, but you never care one hoot for their relationship or what happens to them. The crime angle of 'Breathless' is just a Macguffin, and Godard just uses it as an excuse for some (admittedly) very impressive shots. In many ways it is quite a cold movie. The viewer is deliberately kept at a distance, and this is its ultimate downfall. I would recommend 'Breathless' as as essential viewing for every film buff because of its technique and style, but if you were to ask me if I honestly ENJOY watching this movie I would have to say no, I don't.

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