90 minutes| France| 1960| Subtitled| Black and White| D-Cinema

(Prix Jean Vigo 1960)

Jean-Luc Godard’s first feature represents an exemplary exercise in cinematic modernism and inaugurated a new era in film history. Based on a scenario provided by fellow critic-turned-director François Truffaut, the film contains endless references to American cinema. Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is a young petty criminal modelling himself on the film persona of Humphrey Bogart. After stealing a car in Marseille, Michel shoots a policeman. On the run, he turns to his girlfriend Patricia (Jean Seberg), a student and aspiring journalist, who sells copies of the New York Herald Tribune.

More than 50 years on, À bout de souffle remains a stylistic tour de force. Godard tears up the rule-book of the classical Hollywood style, fragmenting his story with jump-cuts which constantly remind us we’re watching a movie.<

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