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Breathless ( Bout de souffle ) (1961) Movie Information

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Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean Seberg
Daniel Boulanger
Jean-Pierre Melville
Henri-Jacques Huet
Claude Mansard





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Traditional cinematic form is cast aside to brilliant effect in his inaugural entry of the French New Wave, an homage to the gangster and crime films of 1930s/40s Hollywood.

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Daniel Corleone 01/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A penniless criminal Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) goes with an American girlfriend Patricia (Jean Seberg). She meets a guy who helps her with the articles. One of the best quotes from the film: Michel – “People are such liars.” The soundtrack and pace of the film were good. It’s editing and jump cuts were a bit rapid for this reviewers taste. Style of the picture was really elegant. Only reservation this critic had was the lack of a better plot since character development was focused. Breathless is a good French film worth viewing.

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mitchellyoung 09/15/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A film that connects the dots between passion, emotion, aesthetics, and effortless cool to create a New Wave gangster film that is stylish and modern-feeling. Seriously, has there been a cooler gangster film made? Each fram overflows with specific cinematic choices that combine to create a story that is full of vivacity and, like most New Wave films, celebrates life.

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SIngli6 05/06/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Perfect in it's imperfections, Godard's 'Breathless' is made with a passion so tactile that what would otherwise be considered post-modernist pretension is rather elevated to the status of introspective expression. The cinema's greatest directorial debut of all time!

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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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