Breathless: 50th Anniversary Restoration on BluRay

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard | Written by Jean-Luc Godard & François Truffaut

Erstwhile Cahiers du Cinéma critic Godard’s début feature turned a sketchy outline from critical confrère François Truffaut into one of the benchmarks of the New Wave, seemingly reinventing the cinema itself, and immediately rocketing Belmondo (in his ninth film) and Seberg (here beginning her European eminence following two Preminger flops in a row) to world stardom, and beginning Godard’s decade of supreme hipness, of seemingly compulsive, and often outrageous innovation. The pace is non-stop — a better translation of the title is “out of breath” — thanks to the startling, then-revolutionary use of jump-cutting (when the first edit came in at 3 hours, New Wave godfather Jean-Pierre Melville — seen here as novelist “Parvulesco” — advised losing the subplots, but JLG instead did the unheard of: cutting freely within shots); while the “je m’en fous” attitude of both protagonist and film proved the prototype of movie cool that every would-be cinéaste still aspires to. This new 35mm restoration, with freshly revised subtitles by Lenny Borger, is the first in Breathless history.


Breathless (1960)
90 minutes • Black & White • Monaural 
In French with English subtitles 

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• High-def digital transfer with monaural soundtrack
• Archival interviews with director and actors
• Video interviews 
• Video essays 
• Chambre 12, Hôtel du suède, documentary on Breathless
• Charlotte et son Jules, a 1959 short by Godard
• French theatrical trailer
• A booklet featuring writings by Godard and and others

Available June 3, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010
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