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Breathless ( Bout de souffle ) (1961) Movie Reviews

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04/25/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


The title of "Breathless" is pretty self explanatory. The French New Wave had barely begun approximately five years ago, and Jean-Luc Godard was audacious and adventurous enough to portray his cinematic style in its most complete way in his first film. Bout de Souffle contains every technical aspect, every charming detail and every single auteur frame that distinguished Godard as a revolutionary of cinema. At the end of terms, it may be referential cinema. However, its quirkiness and extreme improvisatory feeling allowed the art of filmmaking to be capable of taking elements that clearly distinguished the pop culture of the time, referencing famous stars and personalities and applying a unique signature. The cinematic movement that allowed France to be recognized as a stylish ...

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09/01/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Our Daily Free Stream: Jean-Luc Godard - A Bout De Souffle (french only). In diesem Moment arbeitet Godard an seinem neuen Projekt - noch ohne Titel! Deshalb gibts heute sein Debt. - Wir reden. Du ber dich und ich ber mich. Wo wir besser ber uns gesprochen htten. - Das moderne Kino beginnt hier, 1960, bei Jean-Luc Godards Debt. Das wohl einflussreichste berhaupt! Ein Filmwissenschaftler wrde jetzt errtern, dass Godards "Jump Cuts" den Durchbruch brachten. Vielleicht war es aber auch einfach nur die Respektlosigkeit, mit der sich Godards narzistische Helden obsessiv um sich selbst drehen, ohne den Rest der Gesellschaft berhaupt zu beachten? Im Grunde kann man smtliche Charaktere der goldenen ra Hollywoods der spten 60er von Godards Vorbild ableiten. A Bout De Souffle...


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09/17/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Le confort de l'amour.

Often hailed as the classic that sparked the French New Wave, A Bout de Souffle succeeds in everything elementary, but leaves too much to comprehend the moral.

Jean-Luc Godard is a director that has been praised and praised and praised again, obviously having played a major role in French cinema. Thus, I thought I would express my perception of his debut, Breathless.

The acting is near perfect. Although the film is in French, I could frequently associate emotions and characteristics from the dialogue to the characters, which are excellently written by Godard himself. Many throwbacks to earlier scenes near the end and a great finale.

I would like to say this movie is well-constructed, but there is way too little for me to start delving into the characters. It starts by basically d...

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03/25/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

French New Wave Meets Hollywood Crime Genre

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard and written by Francois Truffaut, Breathless
was Godard's first feature-length work, and one of the earliest, most influential of the French New Wave movies. The literal French translation, bout de souffle, meaning "at breath's end", makes more sense as the film comes to a close. As well as heralding the New Wave genre, Breathless gives a heartfelt nod to American crime movies with Jean-Paul Belmondo as Michel Poiccard, a would-be gangster, pridefully modelling himself on Humphrey Bogart, assuming his mannerisms and adopting a devil-may-care attitude at all times.
After shooting a policeman, Michel goes on the run (but not really a desperate run - he's too 'cool' for that ), turning to his American girlfriend, Patricia Franchini, played by Jean Se...


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10/28/2009 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

French New Wave Begins

The French New Wave comes out in full effect with Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, a revolutionary movie that dares to be different from the "Traditional Cinema" of past French filmmakers. The story is simple and to the point, a free spirited yet violent man kills a police officer and flees to Paris. He finds a girl he believes he loves and tries to take her with him as he attempts to leave to Rome. But Godard doesn't care much about the plot instead he develops the characters as the focal point of the story. With a tip of the hat to hollywood movies and actors (especially Humphrey Bogart), Godard wants the audience to know that the movie isn't real life. Godard would never conform to society or the studios, and because of this we are left with amazing and unique movies from the man tha...

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