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Breathless ()

À bout de souffle (original title)
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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... See more »

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  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations.
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Patricia Franchini
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Michel Poiccard / Laszlo Kovacs
Daniel Boulanger ...
Police Inspector Vital
Henri-Jacques Huet ...
Antonio Berrutti
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Carl Zubart
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Himself
Claude Mansard ...
Claudius Mansard
Liliane Dreyfus ...
Liliane / Minouche (as Liliane David)
Michel Fabre ...
Police Inspector #2
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Parvulesco the Writer
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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)
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A Journalist (uncredited)
José Bénazéraf ...
Man in a White Car (uncredited)
Jean Domarchi ...
A Drunk (uncredited)
Jean Douchet ...
A Journalist (uncredited)
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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

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Jean-Luc Godard

Written by

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François Truffaut ... (original scenario)
 
Jean-Luc Godard ... (screenplay) (uncredited)
 
Claude Chabrol ... (original scenario) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Georges de Beauregard ... producer

Music by

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Martial Solal

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Raoul Coutard

Film Editing by

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Cécile Decugis

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Lila Herman ... assistant editor

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Phuong Maittret ... makeup artist (uncredited)

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Pierre Rissient ... assistant director

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Clément Hurel ... poster artist

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Jacques Maumont ... sound

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Claude Beausoleil ... camera operator
Raymond Cauchetier ... still photographer (uncredited)

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

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Plot Summary

Michel Poiccard, an irresponsible sociopath and small-time thief, steals a car and impulsively murders the motorcycle policeman who pursues him. Now wanted by the authorities, he renews his relationship with Patricia Franchini, a hip American girl studying journalism at the Sorbonne, whom he had met in Nice a few weeks earlier. Before leaving Paris, he plans to collect a debt from an underworld acquaintance and expects her to accompany him on his planned getaway to Italy. Even with his face in the local papers and media, Poiccard seems oblivious to the dragnet that is slowly closing around him as he recklessly pursues his love of American movies and libidinous interest in the beautiful American. Written by duke1029

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Taglines The film that was banned for 4 years. Why..? (original Finnish poster tagline) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Breathless (World-wide, English title)
  • Breathless (United States)
  • By a Tether (United Kingdom)
  • Breathless (United Kingdom)
  • Außer Atem (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 90 min
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Budget FRF400,000 (estimated)

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Trivia According to Jean-Pierre Melville, Godard asked him for consultation during the post-production stage because the first edit was too long for distribution. Melville suggested Godard remove all scenes that slowed down the action (his own turn as novelist Parvulesco included). But instead of excluding entire scenes, Godard cut little bits from here and there. This led to the "jump cut" technique this movie introduced. Melville declared the result to be excellent. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Origins of the 21st Century (2000). See more »
Quotes Patricia Franchini: What is your greatest ambition in life?
Parvulesco: To become immortal... and then die.
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