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Director: Jean-Luc Godard Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2016
UPC: 0715515190114
Original Release: 1960
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 18,434

Special Features

Archival interviews with director Jean-Luc Godard and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, and Jean-Pierre Melville Interviews from 2007 with Coutard, assistant director Pierre Rissient, and filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker Two video essays: filmmaker Mark Rappaport's Jean Seberg and critic Jonathan Rosenbaum's "Breathless" as Criticism Chambre 12, Hôtel de Suède, an eighty-minute 1993 French documentary about the making of Breathless, with members of the cast and crew Charlotte et son Jules, a 1959 short film by Godard Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Paul Belmondo Michel Poiccard
Jean Seberg Patricia Franchini
Daniel Boulanger Police Inspector
Jean-Pierre Melville Parvulesco
Liliane David Minouche
Henri-Jacques Huet Antonio Berrutti
Van Doude Journalist
Roger Hanin Carl Zombach
Liliane Robin Minouche
Francois Moreuil Cameraman
Jean-Louis Richard Journalist
Richard Balducci Tolmatchoff
Philippe de Broca Actor
Claude Mansard Used-Car Dealer
Jean Domarchi Drunk
Michel Fabre Plainclothesman

Technical Credits
Jean-Luc Godard Director,Screenwriter
Raoul Coutard Cinematographer
Georges de Beauregard Producer
Cecile Decugis Editor
Lila Herman Editor
Pierre Rissient Asst. Director
Martial Solal Score Composer
François Truffaut Original Story

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Breathless - Criterion Collection
1. Michel [5:51]
2. Ham And Eggs [4:05]
3. Patricia [3:36]
4. Tolmachoff [5:02]
5. "Bogey" [5:22]
6. Van Doude [3:53]
7. Hotel Room I [6:01]
8. Hotel Room II [8:08]
9. Hotel Room III [7:37]
10. Thunderbird [6:37]
11. Parvulesco [3:29]
12. Laszlo Kovacs [5:13]
13. On The Lam [10:06]
14. Berruti [3:53]
15. Hideout [3:57]
16. Informer [3:38]
17. "Dégueulasse" [3:36]
1. Jean-Luc Godard x 2 [6:47]
2. Jean-Paul Belmondo [8:15]
3. Jean Seberg [6:23]
4. Jean-Pierre Melville [5:33]
Disc #2 -- Breathless - Criterion Collection
1. Learning His Trade [5:02]
2. Dialogue And Casting [5:13]
3. Shooting Tricks [2:56]
4. Locations And Lighting [6:46]
5. Godard's Influence [2:00]
1. Chapter 1 [10:01]
2. Chapter 2 [:30]
1. Chapter 1 [18:27]
2. Chapter 2 [:27]
1. Chapter 1 [10:45]
2. Chapter 2 [:23]
1. Day 1: Godard [9:05]
2. Day 2: Chabrol [9:00]
3. Day 3: Coutard/Rissient [10:17]
4. Day 4: Moreuil [8:13]
5. Day 4: Decugis [9:37]
6. Day 5: David [10:34]
7. Day 6: Belmondo [9:02]
8. Day 7: Tolmachoff [5:34]
9. Days 8 And 9: Rue Campagne-Première [7:02]
1. Chapter 1 [12:42]

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Indubitably one of the more momumental works of avant-garde cinema, Godard manages to capture the feeling of an era in Breathless. Wonderful casting and fantastic, revolutionary cinematography that disorientates the audience in an utterly unpredictable way.
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Forced to watch this movie for French class, I have now become an overwhelming of French New Wave cinema, especially the works of Jean-Luc Godard. Although, even after watching several more French New Wave films, this one remains my favorite. The film just exudes cool. I could not help to wish that I could sit beside the characters and join into their conversations. Delicious!
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