Video Release: October 23, 2007
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion Collection
- Runtime: 90 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in French
- Released in French
Eighty-nine minutes that shook the world. Former "Cahiers du CinTma" critic Jean-Luc Godard threw everything he had learned from years of movie watching into his debut feature -- creating an enormously influential film and a seminal study of existential longing and betrayal. Michel Poiccard, a petty Parisian thief, steals a car, shoots a cop, then holes up in the apartment of his American girlfriend, Patricia. Lounging in the bare-walled rooms of their hovel, Patricia quotes Faulkner, as Michel playfully seduces her. While floating on the edge of a violent fate, Michel just kills time: borrowing money from his former girlfriend, mimicking Bogart's facial tics, hanging out at cafTs and running around town searching out old friends. Meanwhile, the manhunt continues, and the police dragnet slowly closes in on him. The clarion call of Frances Nouvelle Vague, "Breathless" is still a brash, iconoclastic and exhilarating masterpiece.
On the run after killing a cop, a small-time crook hides out in Paris with an American girl. After she betrays him, he choses to face his fate with an absurd stoicism modelled on his hero, Humphrey Bogart. The arguable cornerstone of the French New Wave, exhibiting the trademark documentary shooting style, natural sound design, and thematic interest in the detritus of American popular culture.
First feature film for French director Jean-Luc Godard.