À bout de souffle Breathless Jean-Luc Godard 1959 FranceIn Paris, an ultra-cool car thief kills a cop and seduces the girl he loves while running from the police.In many ways typical of a would-be master's debut; original and influential, but also very tame, and, in the context of work made hereafter, a rather jejune affair. It remains of much worth, however, due in most part to the innovative cinematography - when Godard isn't cutting up conversations with random jump edits, Coutard's shoulder camera tracks its stars with casual flair, capturing Paris at night in loving black-and-white. Its charming stars and their characters fumble around in the moment, from admiring Bogart and stealing cars to questioning one's own integrity as a woman and a writer, both of whom are caught up in questions of individual freedom and choice - analysis of the film through an existential framework is most interesting.
Breathless Jean Luc Godard 1959 My first Godard. Loved the music, loved the characters, loved the fact that I couldn't sit through the film without breaking for a cigarette, loved the jump cuts especially. I hate to beat a dead horse, but the freehand did bother me at times. It took me a while to get into it, and I admittedly was a bit perplexed by the ending, but overall a very strong first impression of one of the masters.