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

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Director:
Writer:
François Truffaut (original scenario)
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Release Date:
7 February 1961 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The film that was banned for 4 years. Why..? (original Finnish poster tagline) See more »
Plot:
A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
French New Wave for Dummies See more (185 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:
Jacques Lourcelles (as Raymond Ravanbaz)
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 ... Audience in the movie theater (uncredited)
Guido Orlando ... (uncredited)
Madame Paul ... (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 (original scenario)

Claude Chabrol  original scenario (uncredited)
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
Christian Dines .... bonus material editor (uncredited)
Suzon Faye .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

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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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Finland:K-12 (1996) | Finland:K-16 (1964) | Finland:(Banned) (1960) | Germany:16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Norway:16 | Portugal:(Banned) | Portugal:17 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 (re-rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | Taiwan:R-12 (2017) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (bw) (nf) (original rating) (cut)

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Trivia:
Raoul Coutard later said because his background was in photojournalism he already knew how to shoot quickly and efficiently. "I had no reputation and nothing to lose. I wanted to see what would happen."See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Patricia (Jean Seberg) is going up the escalator, a plant beside it can be seen moving as if knocked by the cameraman going up in front of her.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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190 out of 279 people found the following review useful.
French New Wave for Dummies, 8 December 2004
Author: M T (mark_kevintaylor@hotmail.com) from United Kingdom

This is the one that started it all kids, the daddy of post-modern cinema. MTV jump cuts, fractured soundtrack and images aplenty

Self reflexive to the point that it not only acknowledges its own existence, it revels in it.

All style and no substance is considered a bad thing today, unless its Tarantino. Well, if it wasn't for Godard, chances are there would be no QT.

All the characters and images, and dialogue and sets are constructed from all aspects of life - Michel is a Bogart collage. Patricia apes everything she sees, from her Interviewee's facial gestures to Michel's own.

Don't let all this technical mumbo fool you, I did my thesis on Godard and would happily bore the ass off you with a lecture in great detail about this film, but the fact is, it's a stormer.

Grips you by the throat and shakes the hell out of you, and it doesn't let go until the final breath.

Fantastically, artistically magnificent. If Godard wanted to make his debut picture to show how well he understood American ideals and the history of cinema, he couldn't have made a better picture.

Top stuff French guy.

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