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)