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Breathless / À bout de souffle
Breathless / À bout de souffle

Breathless / À bout de souffle 1960


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Breathless / À bout de souffle 1960 PG

90 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard’s extraordinary debut feature was this insouciant and iconoclastic crime film, which almost singlehandedly changed the face of French cinema and went on to inspire countless New Waves around the world. Ostensibly a laid-back homage to Godard's beloved Hollywood B-movies of the 1940s, this simple story of an American student's (Jean Seberg) relationship with a charismatic young hoodlum (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is steeped in naturalistic and innovative touches, from pop-culture references and Seberg's androgynous haircut to the then revolutionary adoption of jump-cut editing. The result is a film that, despite the cliché, genuinely feels as fresh today as it did upon its radical emergence into the staid cinematic culture of 1950s France.

Directed by

Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Paul Belmondo

Jean Seberg




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PG Contains mild language, sex references and violence







Production company

Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie

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