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Godard Must-See: Breathless Trailer

by Anne Thompson
May 20, 2010 1:14 AM
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Run don't walk to see New Wave critic-turned-filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 Breathless, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. I screened this movie for my USC Film Criticism students and they scarfed it up. This black-and-white Godard film, at least, which introduced the disjunctive jump-cut editing that inspired Arthur Penn and Dede Allen's Bonnie and Clyde, is still a breath of fresh air, even 50 years later. (See the trailer below.) On May 28 Rialto is releasing a pristine 35 mm print with new subtitles struck from a restored negative supervised by Godard's director of photography, Raoul Coutard, who used a held-held camera with mostly natural light.

Speaking of Bonnie and Clyde, did you know that both Truffaut and Godard considered directing the film? Read all about it in Mark Harris's excellent Pictures at a Revolution, which is being made into a movie by Polanski documentarian Marina Zenovich to be released by Oscilloscope Pictures, which is headed by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (who has successfully fought back cancer). Adam Horowitz's sister Rachel Horowitz is producing. I hope the doc--packed with celeb interviews with the likes of The Graduate's Mike Nichols, Buck Henry and Dustin Hoffman, Bonnie & Clyde's Warren Beatty, Gene Hackman and Faye Dunaway and In the Heat of the Night's Sidney Poitier --does better than the book.

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2 Comments

  • Old Fart | May 20, 2010 5:45 AMReply

    The voices used in that trailer are awful. And it should all have been in French, with subs.

  • Bennett | May 20, 2010 4:49 AMReply

    This version is much more awesome:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2hDR_e1o1M&feature=related

    Here's the blatant rip-off I did for my upcoming movie:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNeADyhbbmI

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