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Breathless (1960) More at IMDbPro »À bout de souffle (original title)

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Release Date:
7 February 1961 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The film that was banned for 4 years. Why..? (original Finnish poster tagline)
Plot:
A young car thief kills a policeman and tries to persuade a girl to hide in Italy with him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Just about everyone admits its an impressive technically and very innovative film. However, there are arguments about whether or not it is of value story wise. See more (167 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Seberg ... Patricia Franchini

Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Michel Poiccard / Laszlo Kovacs
Daniel Boulanger ... Police Inspector Vital
Henri-Jacques Huet ... Antonio Berrutti
Roger Hanin ... Carl Zubart
Van Doude ... Himself
Claude Mansard ... Claudius Mansard
Liliane Dreyfus ... Liliane / Minouche (as Liliane David)
Michel Fabre ... Police Inspector #2
Jean-Pierre Melville ... Parvulesco the Writer

Jean-Luc Godard ... The Snitch
Richard Balducci ... Tolmatchoff
André S. Labarthe ... Journalist at Orly
François Moreuil ... Journalist at Orly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Liliane Robin ... Minouche
Gérard Brach ... Photographer (uncredited)
Philippe de Broca ... A Journalist (uncredited)
José Bénazéraf ... Man in a White Car (uncredited)
Jean Domarchi ... A Drunk (uncredited)
Jean Douchet ... A Journalist (uncredited)
Raymond Huntley ... A Journalist (uncredited)
Louiguy ... (uncredited)
Michel Mourlet ... (uncredited)
Guido Orlando ... (uncredited)
Madame Paul ... (uncredited)
Raymond Ravanbaz ... (uncredited)
Jean-Louis Richard ... A Journalist (uncredited)
Jacques Serguine ... (uncredited)
Jacques Siclier ... (uncredited)
Virginie Ullmann ... (uncredited)
Emile Villion ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Luc Godard 
 
Writing credits
François Truffaut (story)

Jean-Luc Godard  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Georges de Beauregard .... producer
 
Original Music by
Martial Solal 
 
Cinematography by
Raoul Coutard 
 
Film Editing by
Cécile Decugis 
 
Makeup Department
Phuong Maittret .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Rissient .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Clément Hurel .... poster artist
 
Sound Department
Jacques Maumont .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Claude Beausoleil .... camera operator
Raymond Cauchetier .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lila Herman .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Claude Chabrol .... technical advisor
Suzon Faye .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"À bout de souffle" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
This film is dedicated to Monogram Pictures.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During street shots, countless passersby keep on staring into the camera, revealing the shots to be made without appropriate filming barriers and not using extras for pedestrians.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Michel Poiccard:After all, I'm an asshole. After all, yes, I've got to. I've got to!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dali's Hairs (2001)See more »

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15 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Just about everyone admits its an impressive technically and very innovative film. However, there are arguments about whether or not it is of value story wise., 28 October 2006
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

Reviewing the IMDb comments, there are certainly a lot of mixed reactions to this film. Just about everyone admits its an impressive technically and very innovative film. However, there are arguments about whether or not it is of value story wise. Some regard it as a masterpiece of iconic cool with Belmondo's character on the level with James Dean as a rebel fighting the establishment. Many others complain that in addition to being incredibly slow-moving and confusing, you grow to hate the two main characters and eventually don't care about their fates. I am a member of the first camp as I feel this film is both a masterpiece of innovation and characters.

First off, I'll explain what made this film so groundbreaking. Yes, the jump cut techniques have been used many times since and often to negative effect. They work well here though and give the film a very avant-garde feel. Even more so than that however are the characters. Belmondo's character is an anti-hero through and through. He is unlikeable, annoying, and makes constantly bad judgment. Yet at the same time he is cool, rebellious, and oddly sympathetic at the conclusion. This and "Yojimbo" created the modern anti-hero. As his American girlfriend, Jean Seberg is also very charismatic and they have great chemistry together.

Past the innovations, many have complained this is a film more to be appreciated than enjoyed. I disagree. The characters are interesting and the screenplay is believable. Many have said its slowly paced. It can be at times but its never boring as every scene contributes. I didn't find the bedroom conversation to be as tiring as everyone else seems to. Overall, if you have any interest in the history of film, you must see this at least one. Love it or hate it, just admit that it was very ahead of its time. (9/10)

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