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Prison and Cinema at Anthology Film Archives Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.) New York, NY 10003 USA

Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard

By Jean-Luc Godard
1960 – France – 90 min

September 25 | 7:00 p.m.

In French with English subtitles

Michel Poiccard (Jean-Paul Belmondo) comes across as a typical thug, making a living by stealing cars in order to resell them in Paris. Then one day, when a policeman forces him to pull over, Poiccard panics and shoots him dead. The act triggers a hot-pursuit police chase as Poiccard attempts to escape from his heinous crime. The pursuit would be short if not for Patricia Franchini (Jean Seberg) an aspiring journalist who hawks the New York Herald Tribune on the Champs Élysées and plays an ambiguous role in his run.

Based on a draft screenplay by François Truffaut (The 400 Blows) and Claude Chabrol (Les Biches), Breathless is one of Godard’s most famous masterpieces. It was one of the earliest, most influential examples of French New Wave cinema, acclaimed by every critic and director ever since.

 

 

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