Breathless* (A Bout de Souffle)

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Breathless* (A Bout de Souffle)

  • 1960 ----- b & w ----- 89 min ----- laserdisc
  • (Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard based on an idea by Francois Truffaut; with Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Jean-Pierre Melville) If there is a single film which defines the French New Wave Cinema, it is this one. Godard, almost single-handedly, reinvents film in order to liberate it. The spontaneity, the jump-cuts force the audience into a different world than they expect. A homage to grade B gangster flicks, a small-time gangster kills a highway patrolman. On the lam to Italy, he somehow detours to Paris to pick up his "all-American" girl friend. She, in turn, rats on him to the police when her ardour for him dries up. Both are as totally oblivious to conventional morality as Godard is to conventional film-making. [Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature] (In French with English subtitles) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Europe, Motion Pictures: Features, Romance Languages and Literature)