There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, Jean-Luc Godard's debut was a keen critique of the American film genres that inspired him as a film writer for Cahiers du cinema. Jazzy, free-form, and sexy, Breathless helped launch the French new wave and ensured cinema would never be the same.
The movie that heralded the French New Wave movement, this lean and exciting 1959 film directed by Jean-Luc Godard (A Woman Is a Woman, Weekend) broke new ground not only in its unorthodox use of editing and hand-held photography, but in its unflinching and nonjudgmental portrayal of amoral youth. Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg play two young lovers on the run from the law after Belmondo kills a cop and steals a car. Soon they are on an odyssey through the streets of Paris searching for some money he is owed so that he and his American girlfriend can escape to Italy. As a chase picture it features some startling photography on the streets of Paris, but as a romance it defies expectations, existing as part tragedy and part Bonnie and Clyde crime movie. The result is a wholly original film experience. Inspiring not only a remake starring Richard Gere but numerous films and television series, Breathless is an essential part of motion picture history. --Robert Lane --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
This is a must for any cinema fan. A true avant-garde masterpiece. Strong performances and script, very urgent jazz and improvisation passion and energy. This is French New Wave. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Mathieu N.
This movie is full of a bunch of slow moving character developments. There's a bunch of long dialogues between men and women that are very drab and superficial. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by Hippie Smell
The reaction of someone who is not a film historian:
This is obviously not intended as a work of surrealism or Dada. Read more
Older movies are like Shakespeare. They are to be appreciated by all and enjoyed by few. BREATHLESS, while cutting-edge at the time, plays in today's world like any student film... Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2003
This film should have been directed by Francois Truffaut, who wrote it. A so-so movie with Belmondo being the bright spot is his portrayal, however the film never really lets the... Read morePublished on March 9 2003
The situations in this movie are so boring, and the leading male character is so shallow -- even vacuous, that the edgy Godard cinema verite style is blunted. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2003 by Zechristof
More than forty years later, it may be hard for modern audiences to understand how revolutionary Jean-Luc Godard and his Nouvelle Vague (French New Wave) contemporaries really... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2003
one of the best films ever made, breathless will take your breath away. no need to say any more. but to all you people who pretend to know about godard and then complain that the... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2003 by momo