Indie Trailer Sunday: 50th Anniversary of Godard's 'Breathless'
by Alex Billington
June 13, 2010
I scoured the web this weekend to find a good indie trailer, but I didn't find much. So instead, I'm featuring this new trailer for the 50th anniversary re-release of Jean-Luc Godard's classic drama Breathless, aka À bout de souffle in French. I'll hesitantly admit that I haven't ever seen Breathless, but that's another reason why I wanted to feature this, because I now need to see this right away. We announced back in March that Breathless was being re-release in theaters this summer (listing of cities here), but we're not sure how soon it will be re-released on DVD/Blu-Ray. Even if you haven't seen Breathless, check this out, it's a ton of fun.
Watch the new 50th anniversary trailer for Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless from YouTube:
Breathless is a 1960 French drama film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Godard's first feature-length film is among the inaugural films of French New Wave. It's based on a story by fellow New Wave director François Truffaut. The film was released the year after Truffaut's The 400 Blows and Alain Resnais' Hiroshima, Mon Amour. Together the three films brought international acclaim to nouvelle vague (new wave). At the time, Breathless attracted much attention for its bold visual style and the innovative editing use of jump cuts. The NY Times called this restored print "immaculate and glowing." Visit this website for more info on its release.
Greatest. Film. Ever.
notes on Jun 13, 2010
I've been in love with Jean Seberg from the first time I saw this film.
Taylor on Jun 13, 2010
This is a great trailer for a hugely influential film. But while everyone should get around to seeing this at some point, I would caution that the film isn't necessarily as action-packed or narratively driving as this trailer might imply. Just about the whole movie is talk, mostly between the two leads. It is an interesting movie, but personally I'm not sure I liked it that much. The characters turn out to be self-absorbed monsters with no compassion for others. Nevertheless, there was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. As Roger Ebert put it, "modern movies begin here." Without Godard, there would be no Bonnie and Clyde, no Mean Streets, no New Hollywood, no Tarantino, no Wong Kar-Wai, etc. etc.
Stephen on Jun 14, 2010
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