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Criterion Collection: Breathless [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg
  • Directors: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Format: Black & White, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Feb. 25 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00GRA7M2G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,030 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard (Band of Outsiders) 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 cinéma. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same.

Special Features

Restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director of photography Raoul Coutard, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Archival interviews with director Jean-Luc Godard and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, and Jean-Pierre Melville Contemporary interviews with Coutard, assistant director Pierre Rissient, and filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker Two video essays, one on Seberg and one on Breathless as film criticism Chambre 12, Hôtel de suède, an eighty-minute 1993 documentary about the making of Breathless Charlotte et son Jules, a 1959 short by Godard starring Belmondo Trailer One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by scholar Dudley Andrew, writings by Godard, François Truffaut’s original treatment, and Godard’s scenario

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Format: Paperback
This book is a good guide to one of the most interesting movies of our time. This book not only gives the reader some background material about how it came to be, but it also has the script of the movie included for you to read. Even though there was no real script when the film was made, the editor of the book was able to break down the movie shot by shot and give the reader some sort of continuity script. The end of the book is filled with interviews and reviews of the film.
I think this book is a very good tool for those interested in the movie "Breathless" because it helps you understand not only the movie a little better, but the method behind Jean-Luc Goddard's madness. I would definitely recommend this book to those who want to learn more about this innovative and extremely interesting piece of film!
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By Filmfan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 17 2015
Format: Blu-ray
A masterpiece. Today it is difficult to appreciate how influential this film was when it was first released but as many film critics point out....it changed cinema. Not sure why other comments quibble about packaging. The movie and this Criterion blu-ray are excellent and well worth the purchase.
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Godard never fails to impress! The film is very moving! Great and fast delivery too! One amazing film that is a must-see by everyone.
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Criterion, long a fave for videophiles and movie buffs, could until now do no wrong... and then they decided to use the most ridiculous packaging imaginable for these "dual format" editions - the DVD hovers just millimetres over the retention spindle for the disc below it, and all 5 titles I've bought with this issue have very badly damaged DVDs. (And the less said about the conditions of the otherwise awesome, thick booklets that accompany Criterion editions being shoved into this little case, the better.)

Not to mention that this is essentially videophile bloatware - DVDs that no film fan I know of even cares about any more, shoved into a case with the perfection that is Blu-ray.

I understand why Criterion has decided on the dual-format sets, I just hate the method they've used to deliver them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06533f0) out of 5 stars Good Piece of Information About a Great Movie May 14 2003
By musiclover13 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a good guide to one of the most interesting movies of our time. This book not only gives the reader some background material about how it came to be, but it also has the script of the movie included for you to read. Even though there was no real script when the film was made, the editor of the book was able to break down the movie shot by shot and give the reader some sort of continuity script. The end of the book is filled with interviews and reviews of the film.
I think this book is a very good tool for those interested in the movie "Breathless" because it helps you understand not only the movie a little better, but the method behind Jean-Luc Goddard's madness. I would definitely recommend this book to those who want to learn more about this innovative and extremely interesting piece of film!
HASH(0xa29d7018) out of 5 stars Informative description of Godard's classic French New Wave film March 31 2012
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Published in 1987 in the Rutgers Films in Print series, this book by Dudley Andrew is an ample introduction to Jean-Luc Godard's classic 1959 film A BOUT DE SOUFFLE (Breathless). Andrew has written an introductory essay and collected interviews, reviews and commentaries from French and US publications of the early Sixties. There's also François Truffaut's three-page treatment that Godard transformed into this, his first feature film. The largest portion of the book is a continuity script that Andrew produced from the film print, ignoring the subtitles and translating the spoken French dialogue. into English.

While A BOUT DE SOUFFLE (Breathless) is no opaque intellectual film that requires some special education to follow and enjoy, Andrew's book will prove informative to those wanting a greater appreciation of the script and the film's reception. English subtitles, even on recent releases like the Criterion Collection's, necessarily make compromises and leave some of the dialogue untranslated. Andrew's continuity script gives readers the film's full dialogue and occasionally points out instances of the late 1950s slang employed by character Michael Poiccard. The reason for the film's great impact is less easy to understand today, after the film's innovations have become an everyday part of filmmaking, but the contemporary reviews show what particular details shocked the first filmgoers to see Godard's work.

Only the lack of the original French dialogue (which could have been presented facing-page) and the scant commentary (as opposed to the many reviews) keep this good book from being a great one. However, those who loved Godard's work and want to read more about it will find Andrew's treatment highly informative.
HASH(0xa29d7750) out of 5 stars This is a great film. I really liked the touching tribute to ... Sept. 8 2015
By Alan Barysh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a great film. I really liked the touching tribute to Bogart. The whole package is worth the price. This is a timeless classic
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HASH(0xa29d7660) out of 5 stars Too dated to truly amaze, but still an entertaining and memorable film June 10 2014
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
A key film of the late Fifties/early Sixties French New Wave, À BOUT DE SOUFFLE (Breathless) opens with suave lowlife Michel Poiccard (Jean-Paul Belmondo) stealing a car. When he's caught speeding on the way to Paris and pursued by the police, Michel kills the officer. Desperate to collect some money owed and make his escape to Italy, he hides out with Patricia (Jean Seberg), an American girl he had slept with once and who is oblivious to the danger he's in.

This is one of the most influential films of all time in its liberal use of jump cuts, in idolizing American noir films and transferring that aesthetic to a foreign country, and its allusions to other films and even self-referentially to itself. Goddard left plenty of signs that he was seeking to overturn the staid French mainstream tradition, such as when Michel rebuffs a hawker selling "Cahiers du cinema" (the French film magazine), or when Patricia interviews a film director named Parvulesco, who is none other than Godard's New Wave comrade-in-arms Jean-Pierre Melville.

À BOUT DE SOUFFLE is undeniably dated. Even knowing all that context around its creation and reception, I found it hard to be really bowled over and cannot award the film a full five stars. Still, there's a lot to like. I'm particularly fond of the film's dialogue, which revels in French slang that hitherto had not been consider "proper" for art, most of which goes over Patricia's head and some of which Michel explains. In that sense one might compare the film to Raymond Queneau's novel "Zazie dans le métro" from the same time. Criterion's English subtitles deal with it not through literal translations but by trying to find analogous English slang. The sexual frankness of its young characters might surprise younger viewers who would place this social upheaval to later in the 1960s.

I watched Criterion's one-disc DVD version of the film, missing out on the extras that came with the two-disc DVD edition or the Blu-ray. While customers today might want to go straight for the Blu-ray, those buying from the used market for cheap need not pass up the DVD, as the transfer isn't bad at all.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f5f8b8) out of 5 stars Must see New Wave Film Dec 1 2014
By McEwan - Published on Amazon.com
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Raw, exciting storytelling ( in B&W ) stripped down to the basics.
An excellent example of French New Wave cinema that helped revolutionize how the world looked at film.
In French with English subtitles.


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