Breathless (└ bout de souffle) (By a Tether) (1960)
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Enjoy brunch in the Torpedo Room before screening BREATHLESS hosted by John DeSando and Johnny DiLoretto. There was before BREATHLESS, and there was after BREATHLESS. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinÚma. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, BREATHLESS
Feb 7, 1961 Wide
Nov 20, 2001
Rialto Pictures - Official Site
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Breathless jumps to its own rhythm and pokes holes in its idols even as it worships them.
On its fiftieth birthday Breathless remains fresh and exciting, although its revolutionary approach has long since been absorbed into the mainstream, and the years do show on it a bit.
Even 50 years later, it's easy feel how vivid a game-changer Breathless must have been when it arrived.
This movie liberated the cinema -- the stories you could tell and the ways you could tell them -- as clearly and cleanly as Picasso freed painting and the Sex Pistols rebooted rock.
If you've never seen Breathless, see it now -- but don't expect an easy ride. If you haven't seen it for ages, see it again and be surprised at the fresh reactions it provokes.
A unique hybrid, both the realization of years of critical writings by Godard and ... also a film made by an unabashed cinephile.
With Breathless [Godard] is attempting to break down the rules of the form he loves so much, in order to let us know that it is ALL on the table now, from subject matter to form.
The film that launched the French New Wave, Breathless remains an outstanding testament to the great ideals of fun filmmaking that infused the movement.
Together, like their countermelodies, Michel and Patricia form a zero-sum game-nothing matters. But with Michel's death, she is left behind to ponder the consequences of their indifference.
It retains its brilliance both as entertainment and as a groundbreaking work of art.
As his career progressed, Godard's films became more mature and accomplished, but rarely, if ever, did they pack such an immediate, visceral punch.
It's especially impressive how completely Jean Seberg owns Breathless considering what she's up against.
There is simply no other film which demonstrates so perfectly what it feels like to be young and in love.
Almost every frame looks smoky and luscious enough to be a nation to which lovers and young dreamers might hope one day to emigrate. It's a film that will never wither, always inspire.
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- Parvulesco: His greatest ambition is to become immortal, then die.
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