Breathless (1960) Poster



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Followed by 

Remade as 

Numéro deux (1975)
Godard says it is!
Breathless (1983)
Happiness Is No Fun. (2005) (Short)

Edited into 

Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Footage from this movie is used.
Pariz pripada nama! (2016) (Short)
found footage


Citizen Kane (1941)
A man, a woman and the comings and goings of their life together.
The Harder They Fall (1956)
Michel sees a poster for the movie as well as some promotional photographs of Humphrey Bogart.
Bob le Flambeur (1956)
Mentioned in conversation "Bob the gambler wound cash it." "The poor sod's in jail"
Forty Guns (1957)
the scene where patricia looks through the rolled afiche is a visual reference to Forty guns.
Westbound (1959)
Belmondo and Seberg watch the film in a theater.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
The title is displayed as one of the movies being shown at a cinema
Ten Seconds to Hell (1959)
Movie poster is seen in street (12 minutes in)
Leda (1959)
"Laszlo Kovacs", Poiccard's alias in Breathless, is a reference to the character of the same name (also played by Jean-Paul Belmondo) in A double tour

Referenced in 

Lola (1961)
Roland mentions he had a friend named Poiccard, who turned bad and get killed - it's the character played by Jean-Paul Belmondo in this movie
A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
It mentions "'Breathless' is on TV"
Gesicht von der Stange? (1961) (Short)
Multiple references in plot and dialogue
Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.7 (1961) (TV Episode)
Jean-Paul Belmondo mentions his role in the film
Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.23 (1961) (TV Episode)
Jean Rouch mentions the film
Die Versöhnung (1964) (Short)
Alphaville (1965)
Cartes sur table (1966)
Audio report in Alicante advertising Alphaville mentions it's by Jean-Luc Godard, the director of "À bout de souffle".
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Photograph is shown on the cover of a "Cahiers du Cinéma" magazine's issue.
Belle de Jour (1967)
"New York Herald Tribune" near l'Arc de Triomphe
Cada vez que... (1968)
The film is mentioned in a conversation
Two American Audiences: La Chinoise - A Film in the Making (1968) (Short)
Godard talks about this movie
Godard in America (1970)
The narrator mentions Breathless in the introduction.
Klute (1971)
Jane Fonda's striped top worn in the fruit market scene is an homage to Jean Seberg's striped top in Breathless.
The Inheritor (1973)
Jean-Paul Belmondo closes his eyes with his own hands, just as he did in "À bout de souffle".
Mean Streets (1973)
Scene in the bedroom with Charlie and Teresa
À bout de sexe (1975)
The title is an erotic transcript of the original movie's
Unmade Beds (1976)
The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (1978)
Werner's death is an homage and inversion of the ending.
El curso en que amamos a Kim Novak (1980)
The film is mentioned in a conversation
Valehtelija (1981)
Homage: The famous film final scene from ""Á bout de souffle" is taken or copied quite consciously to 1:1 here.
Barcelona sur (1981)
A poster of this film can be seen
Wie de Waarheid Zegt Moet Dood (1981)
The title is mentioned.
Skyline (1984)
The poster of the film is put on the wall of a cinema
Vradya epitheorisis: Episode #1.14 (1984) (TV Episode)
Subway (1985)
Three Bewildered People in the Night (1987)
A character says his name is "Jean-Luc" and mentions the film Breathless.
House of Games (1987)
The scene where Patricia was coaxed into stealing the Cadillac Convertible from a parking garage was directly re-made in a key scene in House of Games (1987), however that car was a red 1962 Cadillac Convertible.
Der Todesking (1990)
Video case is shown in a video store.
The Russia House (1990)
Katya Orlova mentions watching it during a closed showing
Double Cross (1992)
Chambre 12, Hôtel de Suède (1993) (TV Movie)
Documentary about this movie.
Paris, France (1993)
Sloan makes disparaging comments about Paris, Godard and this film.
Serial Mom (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
The Doom Generation (1995)
The smile or I'll choke you game is directly lifted, not to mention the somewhat general theme of being a nihilistic road movie
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
When Tarantino's "Richie" is dying from the vampire bite, in his last choking breath he calls Salma Hyak's vampire a "fucking bitch." These are the same last words used and delivered in similar fashion under similar circumstance by the main character in A bout de souffle (breathless). Tarantino is notorious for his homages to Goddard.
New Wave (1997) (Short)
Where's Marlowe? (1998)
A.J. and Wilt discuss this film's style
Lágrimas negras (1998)
The poster of the film is put on a wall in Andrés house
My Voyage to Italy (1999)
mentioned once
When Brendan Met Trudy (2000)
poster seen/the scene in French
Dali's Hairs (2001) (Short)
referenced in credits
Cradle of Fear (2001) (Video)
poster seen
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Vanilla Sky (2001)
poster in Aames' apartment
Dawson's Creek: In a Lonely Place (2002) (TV Episode)
At the start of the episode, Dawson and Joey are watching this movie. Dawson also later references the Laszlo Kovacs alias in the film.
Hivernam (2002)
A Day in the Life (2002) (Short)
The girl in A Day in the Life puts her thumb to her lips like Michel in À bout de souffle.
The Emperor's Club (2002)
Film poster on Sedgewick's wall
Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex: SA: A Modest Rebellion - Android and I (2002) (TV Episode)
A Canadian boy is reenacting the movie with his female android, and the movie's ending is recreated in anime form on a projector screen at the end
Anything Else (2003)
There is a poster for the film in Jerry and Amanda's apartment.
Cinema Sex Politics: Bertolucci Makes 'The Dreamers' (2003) (TV Movie)
Mentioned once as well as a movie poster for it being shown.
Hu die (2004)
The English poster of the movie can be seen.
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Near the end of the film Bernard mentions to his wife how they saw this film and quotes Jean-Paul Belmondo's final line
Film Geek (2005)
Scotty mentions it.
In the Strangest Places (2005)
homage scene recreates the Champs Elssie 'walk and talk' scene
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
O Cheiro do Ralo (2006)
Poster on Lourenço's office.
Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee (2007)
Ronney Kurtainbaum says "I imagine this is how Godard felt when he was casting Breathless."
29 und noch Jungfrau (2007) (TV Movie)
Poster seen on the wall
Knocked Up (2007)
Ben makes a joke about wanting to see this
Hollywood (2007) (Short)
Hou Hsiao-Hsien Master Class (2007) (Video)
For new wave film lecture.
Godard, l'amour, la poésie (2007)
A poster can be seen.
La musica di a bout de souffle (2007) (Short)
Interview that direcly refers to the film.
Ricordi dal set di a bout de souffle (2007) (Short)
Interview that directly refers to the film.
Blodigt jävla helvete (2008)
Film poster can be seen on a wall in the police station
Patiently Wasting (2008) (Short)
Mad Men: The Jet Set (2008) (TV Episode)
Joy reads The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner post-coitus using shots that resemble the bedroom scene from Breathless. Also Jean Seberg's character is reading The Wild Palms in that scene, also by Faulkner.
Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence: Richard Gere (2008) (TV Episode)
Richard Gere mentions the rock energy of the movie.
Naked Trip (2008) (Video)
chainsmoking nonchalant character George Eastman was inspired by character Michel Poiccard from this film
Gulaal (2009)
This movie's poster is shown during the bar scene.
One Minutes (2009)
The section On The Run in One Minutes references À bout de souffle's theme, structure and style.
Youth in Revolt (2009)
mentioned by Nick
Instant Konkowsky (2009) (Short)
Discussed as a clue to Konkowsky's whereabouts
Bittersweet (2009) (Short)
Italian poster for this film is displayed prominently in Travis Vollmond's room
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Nacho Sampler (2010) (TV Episode)
A "Sans Respirer" movie poster, which is a loose translation of "Breathless," hangs in Morgan's "office."
A Letter to Elia (2010)
still from the film
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
Poster is shown ("Breathless").
Joschka und Herr Fischer (2011)
referenced in dialogue by Daniel Cohn-Bendit
Damsels in Distress (2011)
Mentioned by Xavier to Lily
Paris 60 (2012)
character and scene reference
Edward Pressman on Badlands (2012) (Short)
Beyond the Ropes (2012) (Video)
The final sequence of Beyond the Ropes, involving a gun, was inspired by the use of a gunshot in this earlier movie.
Portlandia: Alexandra (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue in reference to Alexandra's outfit
Los Cinéfilos: ¿Te gusta Wes Anderson? (2013) (TV Episode)
poster in the wall
Los Cinéfilos: Ewoks (2013) (TV Episode)
poster in the wall
Los Cinéfilos: Por mi madrecita (2013) (TV Episode)
poster in the wall
Los Cinéfilos: Realmente amor (2013) (TV Episode)
Poster is shown.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Slump (2013) (TV Episode)
Terry refers to the film.
Videoclub (2013)
Video case is shown ("Sin Aliento").
Life Itself (2014)
Mentioned in Ebert's review for Le Petit Soldat.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Party (2014) (TV Episode)
Terry discusses the film with two academics.
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong with Birdemic: Shock & Terror (2014) (TV Episode)
"Director decided he needed at least one Godard style jump cut during the highly engaging beach scene".
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Dan Aykroyd/Chaz Ebert/Nick Thune (2014) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned (as "Breathless")
A Grand Day Out (2014) (Short)
Character uses the same hand gestures over the mouth
Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)
The Simpsons: Puffless (2015) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Invisible Ink (2015)
Don Ism says, "Cartoonists cartoon, murders murder, rapists rape," which is inspired from when 'Jean Paul Belmondo' says, "Informers inform, burglars burgle, murderers murder, lovers love."
Think of Me (2015) (Short)
Jump cuts in a car.
I Am Alone (2016) (Short)
This film heavily influenced some of the editing choices and camerawork, and partly inspired the use of frequent jump cuts. Adam mimics Michel's habit of rubbing his lips with his thumb in one scene.
AP Stats Police: Fredonia (2016) (Short)
Wallpaper on laptop.
Oracabessa (2016)
Oracabessa's favorite film
Deconstructing Griffith (2016)
Jump cuts during the protest scene reference the film.
Le Ressac (2017) (Short)
The couple in bed sequence recalls that of Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in the aforementioned movie
Tvoje tvár má známý hlas: Episode #3.3 (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Janek Ledecký.
Tvoje tvár má známý hlas: Episode #3.10 (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Janek Ledecký.
Godard Mon Amour (2017)
Several people tell Godard they liked this movie.
Beyond Index (2017)
The scene in which one Gao Jian is working on Renoirs painting Mlle Irene Cahen dAnvers is a reference to Godard's À bout de souffle'
Mayaanadhi (2017)
The basic plot is the same although a lot has been build upon it.
Primeiros Amigos (2018)
mentioned in dialogue


Whirlpool (1949)
Though we never see a shot of the screen, during Patricia's elusion of the police in the theatre we hear the soundtrack of a scene from Otto Preminger's Whirlpool (1949). The poster for the film is visible as Patricia and Michel walk in front of the theatre after her escape.

Featured in 

Cinéma! Cinéma! The French New Wave (1992) (TV Movie)
a clip from this film is shown
A Kiss to Die For (1993) (TV Movie)
Mimi and Tim watch this movie together
Le fils de Gascogne (1995)
Talked about and clip used in the film
Citizen Langlois (1995) (TV Movie)
Contains footage of the film.
The Halfback of Notre Dame (1996) (TV Movie)
Shown in theater.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
The Dreamers (2003)
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)
It's shown when they talk about quick cutting.
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) (TV Movie)
True Love (2006) (Short)
Extract sequence
Wanderlust (2006) (TV Movie)
A clip from Breathless is shown.
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips shown.
Godard, l'amour, la poésie (2007)
Clips are shown.
Uuden aallon jäljillä (2009) (TV Movie)
Clips shown
Deux de la Vague (2010)
excerpt of
A Letter to Elia (2010)
shots from the film
Puzzled Love (2011)
During the cinema montage, features Jean-Paul Belmondo kissing Jean Seberg
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: European New Wave (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Esperando Godard (2012) (Short)
a clip of this film can be seen
What Is Cinema? (2013)
Clips shown
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
Brows Held High: Beauty and the Beast: Part 2 (2014) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown during "Cause It's French."
De Palma (2015)
Clips shown.
Au service de la France: Le Prunier (2015) (TV Episode)
André Merlaux and Sophie look at this movie in a cinema.
The Empty Screen or the Metaphysics of Movies (2017) (Short)
clips are shown


Purple Noon (1960)
the story line is spoofed. he doesn't leave because of a girl, the girl calls the police.

Spoofed in 

Playtime (1967)
The Crook (1970)
In the musical (also called "Le Voyou") inside the film, the gangster died in a way mocking the death of the title character played by Jean-Paul Belmondo.
Hovering Over the Water (1986)
A character mimics Jean Seberg's "New York Herald Tribune" line
Bang Bang (2014) (Short)
Jay-Z imitates Michel rubbing his lips with his thumb
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
One of Earl and Greg's movies ("Breathe Less")

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