Breathless [DVD]  [US Import]
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Belmondo has a face which looks like it was carved out of granite. It's a disreputable mug, complete with fat, crumpled cigarette constantly adhering to his lip. The image is iconic. He steals a car, discovers a gun in its glove compartment, and suddenly his transformation to matinee idol is complete. In an ensuing police chase, he guns down a copper.
He continues his flight to Paris, where he hopes to collect some money he's owed and make an escape to Italy. But his fantasy world begins to implode as he exposes himself to the encroaching claustrophobia of reality. Paris is no longer a big enough city. This is a small time crook whose limitations are circumscribed by his own rigid thought processes and inability to cope with frustration. Director Godard delivers a lesson in criminology in this hero-come-villain's inability to think ahead or plan, his vulnerability to spontaneity and immediate gratification, his chaotic vision, his blind optimism that something will turn up and that he won't get caught.
Jean Seberg plays Belmondo's girlfriend, an American journalism student. She becomes his sole link with the reality of a law-abiding world. He wants everything done his way, wants things to happen now, shows little awareness of consequences. But the net is tightening and he begins to recognise emotions. But falling for a woman is even more oppressive than the imploding lifestyle. If you trust someone, you expose yourself to abuse.Read more ›
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An important film not only in its structure and its look but also the use of improvised dialogue between two people which at times has practically nothing to do with the plot (see Tarantino for the most obvious example), which can be slightly tedious and repetative (hence the 4-star review) but does not deter from the spirit of the film.
If you have any interest in the history of film and how cinema began to change its style towards a more unconventional way, you should own this film. The film is dedicated to cinema, and cinema since the release of this film has a lot to owe to Godard.
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A real game changing film that deserves five stars but let down by the physical packaging. A stupid rigid plastic disc that is far too tight, I'll be amazed if it doesn't damage... Read morePublished 2 months ago by N. M. Fletcher
Amazing film, but I thought for the price I was paying, I'd get the full DVD, extras included. Will not use Amazon video again.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was purchased on behalf of a friend who reports that he enjoyed this one.Published 4 months ago by apteryxaustralis
This is where modern cinema started. With a crew of five, including the director. This is the progenitor of everything from The Bourne set to Sofia Coppola. Joy.Published 7 months ago by Filmfan
Director Jean-Luc Godard followed three short films with his first and still most celebrated 1960 full-length movie À bout de souffle. Read morePublished 7 months ago by heath ledger