- Original title
À bout de souffle
- Running time
- 89 min.
Jean-Luc Godard (Story: François Truffaut)
Raoul Coutard (B&W)
Impéria Films / Société Nouvelle de Cinema / Les Productions Georges de Beauregard
Drama. Romance | Crime. Nouvelle vague (New Wave)
- Synopsis / Plot
- 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.
: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Director
: BAFTA Awards: Nominated to Best Foreign Actress (Jean Seberg)
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