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Breathless

Jean-Luc Godard

 
Breathless (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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  • France
  • 1960
  • 90 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #408

There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinéma. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same.

Cast

Patricia FranchiniJean Seberg
Michel PoiccardJean-Paul Belmondo
Inspector VitalDaniel Boulanger
Antonio BerrutiHenri-Jacques Huet
Carl ZumbachRoger Hanin
Van DoudeVan Doude
LilianeLiliane David
Other inspectorMichel Fabre
ParvulescoJean-Pierre Melville
Used car dealerClaude Mansard
InformerJean-Luc Godard
TolmachoffRichard Balducci

Credits

DirectorJean-Luc Godard
ProducerGeorges de Beauregard
ScreenplayJean-Luc Godard
Based on an original treatment byFrançois Truffaut
CinematographyRaoul Coutard
Camera assistantClaude Beausoleil
Assistant directorPierre Rissient
Script supervisorSuzon Faye
MakeupPhuong Mattret
MusicMartial Solal
SoundJacques Maumont
EditingCécile Decugis
Assistant editorLila Herman
Technical advisorClaude Chabrol

Disc Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director of photography Raoul Coutard, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Archival interviews with director Jean-Luc Godard and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, and Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Contemporary interviews with Coutard, assistant director Pierre Rissient, and filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker
  • Two video essays, one on Seberg and one on Breathless as film criticism
  • Chambre 12, Hôtel de suède, an eighty-minute 1993 documentary about the making of Breathless
  • Charlotte et son Jules, a 1959 short by Godard starring Belmondo
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by scholar Dudley Andrew, writings by Godard, François Truffaut’s original treatment, and Godard’s scenario

    New cover by Rodrigo Corral

Film Essays

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Breathless Then and Now

By Dudley Andrew February 28, 2014

Jean-Luc Godard’s snappy little masterpiece means as much to cinema now as it did when it launched a New Wave in 1960. Read more »


Film Essays

Breathless

By John Powers July 08, 1992

Many great movies are classics. A few stand as landmarks. The merest handful—perhaps four or five in a century—deserve to be called revolutions. Breathless belongs unequivocally in the final . . . Read more »

Video


Film Essays

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Breathless Then and Now

By Dudley Andrew February 28, 2014

Jean-Luc Godard’s snappy little masterpiece means as much to cinema now as it did when it launched a New Wave in 1960. Read more »


Photo Galleries

XOXO

February 14, 2014


Photo Galleries

Ready for His Close-up

December 07, 2012


Clippings


Three Reasons


News

Looking at the New Wave in London

July 12, 2010

In March, we let you know about the underheralded Raymond Cauchetier, the unofficial photographer of the New Wave, by linking to an informative essay on cinematographer John Bailey’s blog. Now, . . . Read more »


Interviews

Into the Archives: A Conversation with Emmanuel Laurent

May 19, 2010

Plenty of ink has been expended over the years on the turbulent friendship between Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, which helped define the French New Wave in the 1960s. Now those stories . . . Read more »


Clippings

The New Wave’s Photographer

March 25, 2010

The name Raymond Cauchetier may not ring a bell, but if you’re a fan of the French New Wave, and the films by such directors as Godard, Truffaut, and Varda that defined it, odds are you’ve seen . . . Read more »


News

Breathless Is Back

March 10, 2010

Breathless returns to the big screen this spring. Fifty years after the film’s release in France, Rialto Pictures has acquired the U.S. rights to a new 35 mm print of Jean-Luc Godard’s New Wave . . . Read more »


Video


News

Belmondo in L.A.

January 14, 2010

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has bestowed its annual career achievement award on French New Wave icon Jean-Paul Belmondo. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 16, and, . . . Read more »


Features

“The Face of the French Cinema Has Changed”

By Jean-Luc Godard April 21, 2009

Fifty years ago today . . . Godard wrote this New Wave battle cry for the April 22, 1959, issue of the French journal Arts, on the news of François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows being selected to . . . Read more »


Dispatches

Bazin Season

By Colin MacCabe December 21, 2008

André Bazin has a curious status in intellectual life. He is everywhere admitted as the founding father of film criticism and theory in general. The magazine he created in the 1950s, Cahiers du . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Breathless

By John Powers July 08, 1992

Many great movies are classics. A few stand as landmarks. The merest handful—perhaps four or five in a century—deserve to be called revolutions. Breathless belongs unequivocally in the final . . . Read more »