Thursday, January 22, 2009

BREATHLESS 'A Bout De Souffle'

From IMDB:

"Shot in marvelous black and white, and edited by a madman with a chainsaw, the film is irreverent and brutally honest in its depiction of the chain-smoking, self-involved, thief-killer-lover Michel Poiccard (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and his arrogantly self-motivated, fiercely independent American lover Patricia Franchini (Jean Seberg).  The film follows the travails of the car thief with obvious gusto, from the inauspicious beginning when he rubs out a policeman with the revolver he happened to find in a stolen car, to his "run" from the law, which is leisurely as his pursuit of Patricia is determined"

So charming.  So 60s.  I've been wanting to see this movie since I was exposed to 5 minutes during a film study class on the 'Jump Cut' technique.  I've been looking for it for months.... only to be a gifted with the Criterion Collection copy the other night!

It was even better than I expected :)


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