Breathless (1960)

aka À bout de souffle

2007 #46
Jean-Luc Godard | 90 mins | download | PG

BreathlessGodard’s first and most famous film; part of the beginning of the nouvelle vague, a French movement defining a particular youth culture at the time. OK, loose history lesson over.

This is definitely what most people would call an ‘arthouse’ film, though is decidedly less so than the one other Godard film I’ve seen (1962’s Vivre Sa Vie, which goes by various translated titles); this might be down to it drawing inspiration from American movies, most obviously those starring Humphrey Bogart.

Undoubtedly not for everyone, but an obvious must for anyone with an interest in art / international cinema.

4 out of 5

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