Seminal early French New Wave film stars Jean-Paul Belmondo as Michel Poiccard, an irresponsible, small-time Marseilles crook, who goes on the run after killing a policeman. Fleeing to Paris, Michel takes refuge with his on-again, off-again girlfriend,Patricia (Jean Seberg), an American journalism student, and tries to coax her into leaving with him for Italy. With Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet. Jean-Luc Godard directs; story idea by François Truffaut. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: French PCM mono; Subtitles: English; interviews; bonus documentary "Chambre 12, Hôtel de Suède" (1993); bonus short "Charlotte et Son Jules" (1959). In French with English subtitles. Two-disc set.
There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard (Band of Outsiders) burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinema. With it's lack of Polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo (Pierrot le fou) and Jean Seberg (Bonjour tristesse), Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same.