Breathless (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)

The film that was banned for 4 years. Why..?
Breathless (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1959
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Archival Interviews with Director Jean-Luc Godard and Actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, and Jean-Pierre Melville
    • Video Interviews with Coutard, Assistant Director Pierre Rissient, and Filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker
    • Two Video Essays: Filmmaker Mark Rappaport's Jean Seberg and Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum's "Breathless" as Criticism
    • Chambre 12, Hôtel de Suède, an eighty-minute French Documentary about the making of Breathless, with members of the Cast and Crew
    • Charlotte et son Jules, a 1959 short film by Godard featuring Belmondo
    • French Theatrical Trailer
    • Plus: A Booklet feauturing an Essay by Scholar Dudley Andrew, Writings by Godard, François Truffaut's original treatment, and Godard's Scenario
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • French
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Total Film - 08/01/2000
"...Forty years on and BREATHLESS remains a stylistic tour de force..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/13/1995
"...[An] homage to American B movies." -- Rating: A
Los Angeles Times - 06/25/1998
"...BREATHLESS is just as fresh and startling as it was when it was first released nearly 40 years ago..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/05/1997
"...Its story remains entrancing..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"...[T]his outlaw-on-the-lam movie displayed a loose-limbed virtuosity that was both an ode to freedom and a call to arms..."
Uncut - 08/01/2000
"BREATHLESS is about the zeitgeist, and Godard's script is uncannily prescient of the social and sexual upheavals of the ensuing decade."

Product Description:

Godard's first feature has been widely hailed as one of the most influential motion pictures ever made. On the run after killing a cop, a small-time crook (Belmondo) hides out in Paris with an American girl (Seberg). After she betrays him, he chooses to face his fate with an absurd stoicism modelled on his hero, Humphrey Bogart. BREATHLESS is 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. (Rereleased theatrically in April, 2000.)

Plot Synopsis:

Former "Cahiers du Cinéma" 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. Within the first few minutes, Michel (Belmondo), a foul-mouthed Parisian who idolizes Humphrey Bogart, shoots a police officer and immediately becomes a fugitive on the run. He visits an ex-girlfriend and while casually charming her, he steals her money. He then gallivants through the marvelous streets of 1940s Paris, pursuing Patricia (Seberg), a blond pixie-like American selling the New York Herald Tribune on the Champs-Elysees. Michel is childlike as he pouts and whines in his fruitless attempts to seduce Patricia, then turns cold as ice as he curses her out, racing off to steal a car or meet up with some other thugs. Meanwhile, Patricia seems to seduce everybody with her youth and naivety. She is just 20-years-old, possibly pregnant, and despite the few scattered assignments she does for the paper, she is dreamy and directionless. Even so, she does not refuse Michel, though she won't commit to him. As they follow each other in and out of cafes and boutiques, sailing past the Eiffel Tower and down the grand boulevards in gorgeous stolen cars, we await what is sure to be a tragic ending.


Production Notes:

  • First feature film for French director Jean-Luc Godard.
Criterion Collection

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