France, 1960, 91 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, Not Rated, French with English subtitles, Rialto Pictures
"The atmospheric fatalism of the French gangster movie hot-spliced with the plot-driven fatalism of American Film Noir… It lit the fuse for the whole youth movement in cinema. Some of today’s young directors may not even know how indebted they are to Godard’s work; the fact remains that Breathless is where it – they – all began." —Phillip Lopate, The New York Times
Small-time crook Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) steals a car and murders a policeman. While on the run, he reconnects with Patricia (Jean Seberg), a journalism student living in Paris, and tries to convince her to escape with him to Italy. And so, the groundwork is laid for one of the most influential films in cinema history, oft-imitated but never replicated. Breathless, an early example of the hip French New Wave, is a non-stop thrill featuring star turns by Seberg and Belmondo (who passed away in September at the age of 88), strikingly sharp black-and-white photography from lauded cinematographer Raoul Coutard, and then-revolutionary jump-cutting. Director Jean-Luc Godard melds it all together to form one of the absolute coolest films ever made.
Restored in 4K from the original camera negative by Studiocanal and CNC at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory (Bologna).
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