Morosely sexy mishaps among an American woman seeking a substantial possession of self and an affably virile conman within Paris at a cultural zenith of French appeal as manifest in film. Dialogue negated realism and was situated upon a territory of nigh unbelievable suaveness. I found it impossible to view the characters as anything beyond stagnant corpses of bombastic role, but I loved them despite their inanity.
Breathless is a groundbreaking work of art, and still highly entertaining. Jean Seberg is a dame, and I love contemplating the ending dialogue's various interpretations... PATRICIA: Qu'est ce qu'il a dit? DETECTIVE: Il a dit que vous êtes vraiment "une dégueulasse".
Certainly Godard's original and stylish opera prima was a breakthrough in film-making at the time and gave way to the French New Wave. Echoes still reverberate but how relevant is Breathless, and by extension La Nouvelle Vague, today? Time is an unkind master and it might have diluted the initial shock factor. Beside, the pointless dialogues and unadulterated misogyny might look infantile half a century later.
Grandioso manifesto della Novelle Vague firmato Godard.Tecnicamente è un vero gioiello,con innovazioni tangibili che poi verranno riprese negli anni successivi(stacchi di montaggio,voce fuori campo,luce naturale,controcampi decentrati ecc..) ed una storia catalizzatrice che fa capire quanto l'intera vicenda sia destinata a finire male.Diretto,crudo,anarchico,innovatore:un gran film.