Breathless (1960)

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this series.    Breathless (1960; NR) French with English subtitles
Movies That Matter: The Sequel
Sunday, November 17, 2013
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

A crime drama about a charismatic Paris thug (Jean-Paul Belmondo) who initiates a torrid affair with a beautiful young American (Jean Seberg), Breathless is among the most influential films ever made … not for the story but for its style. Director Jean-Luc Godard shot surreptitiously on real streets and cut the footage into jarring jump shots that seemed to kick the story forward.

According to The New York Times, Breathless is both “a pop artifact and a daring work of art” and is “still cool, still new, still – after all this time! – a bulletin from the future of movies.”

Opening and closing remarks are provided by former Kansas City Star film critic Robert W. Butler, now a member of the Library’s Public Affairs staff.

In French with English Subtitles.


Movies That Matter – The Sequel continues with screenings of great films with opening and closing remarks by former Kansas City Star film critic Robert W. Butler (now a member of the Library’s Public Affairs staff).

Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 29, 2013  The Grand Illusion (France; 1937)

Oct. 27, 2013    The Bride of Frankenstein (USA; 1935)

Nov. 17, 2013    Breathless (France; 1960)

Dec. 1, 2013      Pinocchio (USA; 1940)

Jan. 19, 2014     Sunrise (USA; 1928)

Feb. 16, 2014    An American in Paris (USA; 1951)

Mar. 9, 2014      The Grapes of Wrath (USA; 1940)

Apr. 27, 2014    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (USA; 1948)

May 18, 2014    The Lady Eve (USA; 1941)

Jun. 1, 2014      The Adventures of Robin Hood (USA; 1938)