Leaving Me Breathless

August 13, 2010 § 2 Comments

In an effort to broaden my film perspective, I’ve recently been taking older films out of the library.  Lately I’ve been focusing on films from the French New Wave and Italian Neo Realism era, as I’ve already seen some films from this time that sparked an interest in these styles.  This week, I found the time to watch four Jean-Luc Godard films:

À bout de souffle (Breathless, 1960)
Une femme est une femme (A Woman is a Woman, 1961)
Made in U.S.A. (1966)
2 ou 3 choses que je sais d’elle (2 or 3 Things that I Know of Her, 1967)

Breathless was by far my favorite, and coincidentally, also Godard’s first major feature film. His unconventional style, which leans heavily on improvisation, may not be for everyone, but I encourage you to check out some of his work, as he has had a lot of influence on several modern-day directors.

Until then, here’s a brief look at a scene from the film.

photo via D+C Film

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§ 2 Responses to Leaving Me Breathless

  • chrisgentes says:

    If you like Breathless, try Shoot the Piano Player from 1960 directed by Francois Truffaut. It has a similar feel to it, but really good in its own right. Breathless is one of my top 5 favorite movies.

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