Saturday, February 11, 2017
I received the Breathless (A bout de souffle) (1960) DVD as a Christmas gift. It was directed by Jean-Luc Godard, and starred Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. It represents the start of the French New Wave movement in cinema, and has a lot of weird jump cuts, and a wandering storyline. The dialog is in French, and the DVD, which was bought used from a Japanese rental shop, only has Japanese subtitles. That made it kind of hard to follow the storyline.
The story revolves around Michel, a young criminal that wants to be like Humphrey Bogart. He steals a car, kills a policeman that gets too close to him, and then spends the rest of the movie alternating between trying to seduce Jean Seberg and getting some other con to pay him back on a loan so he and Seberg can run off to Italy to avoid the cops.
Overall, Breathless is an interesting film if you like film history, or French films in general. Otherwise, I can't really recommend it to anyone that prefers Star Wars and the Avengers.