Breathless (1960)

directed by Jean-Luc Godard
with: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg

Godard's Breathless may still impress after almost fifty years. For some, it may appear to be a normal movie today and that is because it existed in the first place. Breathless is one of the most influential movies of all times and it set the parameters of modern filmmaking. The main characters' attitudes and behaviors reflect many of those in Hollywood's films and at the same time are fresh and unique. Godard decides to edit this movie in a way that at times may feel confusing and not congruent, but that instead, I recognize as challenging and innovative. The French New Wave is about the reinvention of traditional 'high quality' cinema and Breathless does that in a very effective way. Jump-cuts are characteristic of this movie and are used in a way that had never been done before. Godard was all about style, and rejected Hollywood to later influence it.

The film is about Michel, a car thief, who tries to convince Patricia to escape with him to Italy.

Rating: 9/10

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