stylistically, technically...very indicative of Godard's career that has spanned decades since, it's a revolution in editing not only for its time but for present day. I grew tried of the story-line within about twenty minutes, though. it just doesn't hold up quite as well as some of his more experimental work has from late 70's-early 90's
Rewatching at 30 was a far less giddying experience than watching at 20. 'Breathless' feels solipsistic when placed next to Godard's later output. It is infused with an excitement for the possibilities of cinema, but this excitement is put in the service of??? "Intellectual counterfeit money" (Herzog) + "affected, intellectual, self-obsessed and... dull" (Bergman). Here, I agree, but a template for later greatness.
I avoided this film and focused on other Godard’s films I was foolish for doing so, I loved it! This is Godard’s most plot heavy film (along with Band a Part) so I can see why it’s his most popular, particularly with Americans so I can see why he veered away from story in his other films. The bedroom scene was the most erotic thing I’ve ever seen. However, his blatant misogyny spoils the film for me.
Academics have a lot of interesting things to say about this film: and so did Godard, who said he thought he was making Scarface but was really making Alice in Wonderland. I like the French eroticism lurking constantly in everyday life, and I like the female lead, who was gorgeous. You can even see how it influenced other movies, but when I need academics to make me appreciate the thin crime plot, it's not working.
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