Breathless

Breathless

DVD - 2016 | French
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Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 anything-goes crime narrative about a young thief on the run and his American girlfriend.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2016]
Edition: Special edition
ISBN: 9781681432359
1681432358
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (90 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
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GHN
Apr 23, 2018

Jean Paul Belmondo is my favorite French actor. His shows his usual acting style in this film. However the story line has been stretched, elongated, ... to fill the film roll (and this DVD media). It is BORING.

Like one of the previous comments in this board, it's good for learning French with its slow pace and common words. This helps getting more than star!

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Derringer
Mar 11, 2018

For starters - I certainly am quite clueless here as to why this film earned the title of "Breathless" for itself. The events that took place in its story were certainly far from being an exhilarating (breathless??) movie-experience.

If this b&w, 1960 film is actually considered to be the one that initiated the whole French New Wave movement in cinema - It's certainly got me wondering what French cinema was like prior to this (apparently) revolutionary transformation in film-making.

All-in-all - Even though I wouldn't say that "Breathless" was great movie-making - It definitely turned out to be considerably better than I had expected it to be.

And - Last, but not least - I sure do wish that this film's protagonist, Michel Pioccard, hadn't been portrayed as being such a lousy, despicable, and untrustworthy bastard that he was. For me - This guy's rotten-to-the-core character really marred the story, big-time.

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1aa
Oct 30, 2017

The main character seems rather like a sociopath, asks for sex with his girlfriends quite a lot, and who has an odd habit stroking his lips with his thumb. The music and the imagery is for the most part extremely well coordinated. Much of the film is taken up with an awkward scene in his main girlfriend's room, but it quite long and a bit weird; it made the film much worse than what it could have been.

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Maoisdead
Sep 27, 2017

On this wonderful DVD of "Breathless" the commentary by film critic David Sterritt on Jean-Luc Godard's new wave masterpiece is so insightful that it makes this DVD even more of a must have for any lover of international cinema. It is a delight to hear his enthusiasm for the film, the director and the stars. Beyond that, there is this landmark film that in its new pristine restoration is so fresh and vibrant that it leaps from the screen. It is packed with incredible images of the three major characters of the story, Belmondo, Seberg, and Paris. It all seems to have been shot only yesterday. Jagged and edgy in its famous jump cut editing and with fluid cinematography by the famous Raoul Coutard it is as fresh and exciting as it was forty-four years ago.

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jbrunson
Jan 29, 2017

Good vehicle for French listening practice

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princeofdarkness
Sep 27, 2016

All the previous comments ring true to varying degrees for me. More a pleasant diversion than a large statement, in my view. A number of films have their roots in this one so, in that respect, a film of some importance. Occasionally a touch too clever, but not annoyingly so. Charismatic performances by Belmondo and, especially, Seberg. There's food for thought here if the urge strikes you to see it more than once. The title would be a good topic for discussion.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

Whilst explaining the significance of this movie to someone, I realized that I understood it, knew its importance to moviemaking, even admired it...without actually liking it all that much. The insouciance that once broke boundaries and stopped the world, now seems rather "so what?" The fact that the casualness barely hides a cerebral approach to "The Cinema" is borne out by much of Godard's god-awful later output. But as a lightweight exercise in style, Breathless still bears watching.

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midnight_fleur28
Jul 06, 2014

A masterpiece by Godard. One of my favorite films. This is New wave cinema. It is a true gem and an absolute must see. Jean Seberg and Belmondo are perfect. Note the style of of this film ( the way scenes are shot and edited ) Not to mention the great score which is quite jazzy. The entire movie is perfection. A superb film by the great director Jean Luc Godard...
A must see.

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martyrofevil
Sep 10, 2013

Probably the most "accessible" Godard film I've seen. That's a good and a bad thing. Even though it is very clearly a Godard film, it doesn't really "pop" like the other films I've seen from him. On the plus side, it's never jarring or throws you off with anything which makes it very comfortable and enjoyable where as some of his movies can have a scene or two that feel awkward.

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Monolith
Jun 02, 2013

I'd heard a lot about this influential film. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't what I anticipated. Yeah, hip French cats, I dug that cool, crazy scene... and that out-there beatnik score (sax, xylophone) ...wild, man, wild... but I fail to see what was so deserving of such high praise in what appeared to me to be a low-budget, art-house, student film, with a boring, overly-philosophical script, and amateurish "jump cut" editing, which Godard apparently did as a crude necessity to facilitate distribution...

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Monolith
Jun 02, 2013

Parvulesco: "Two things are important in life: for men, women; for women, money."

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Monolith
Jun 02, 2013

Patricia Franchini: "What is your greatest ambition in life?" Parvulesco: "To become immortal... and then die."

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Jul 11, 2014

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