Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 film Breathless not only launched the French New Wave and made the director’s name forever synonymous with French art cinema—it also made a star out of its leading man, the theretofore unknown Jean-Paul Belmondo. The following excerpt from a 1961 French television interview that is included in our release of Breathless (now available in a dual-format Blu-ray and DVD special edition) captures the actor in his prime, discussing meeting Godard and what it was like acting in this groundbreaking film, the making of which was fittingly free-form.
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A Palette That Sizzles On-Screen
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A Genius of French Cinema Delivers a Career-Defining Performance
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