A monumental achievement for many reasons but one which I only admire behind the camera. An act of self-creation, for film-maker and conman, Godard creating sufficient hype for his own swaggering creation (his methodology comparative to when Michel backseat drives in the taxi). Godard made the film-set conform to his erratic whims, but the freedom he created still relied on cinema as the template.
Godard's first feature length would have been the first Tarintino style in 1960 that baffled and intrigued audiences at the time. Breaking away from conventional cinema and adding new techniques and ideas to editing, narrative and movie logic. There's an energy in Breathless that's part turbulent relationship that's wrapped inside an awkward crime drama but essentially has the attention focus of Alice In Wonderland.
My first impression of Godard's radical style: pure art form. I don't think i experienced til now this combination of narrative, camerawork, sound, continuity. Indeed Godard was the pioneer of the 1960s French New Wave. Plus I must mention how amazed I was to observe with such attention, also for the first time, this so slick actor: Jean-Paul Belmondo. 7.75
While classic Hollywood noir would follow the couple to the hotel room, fade to black, then pick things up the following day, Godard spends the night with his characters. He savours the conversations about nothing, using them to reveal vulnerabilities & the insincerity of their "roles." At its heart it's an existential film. The first act of violence is intended, consciously or not, to facilitate the character's end.
I can’t wait to watch it again. The scrappy feel and the improvised dialogue is so inspiring to me. I love the tone of this movie, the confidence of the main character is infectious.The jump cuts are inspiring and the cheapness is inspiring for an aspiring filmmaker like myself because this film reassured me that you don’t need a big budget or even a real script to make a great film. Overall, incredibly inspiring.
Admittedly, I've not read much film literature and criticism so my ignorance is likely the culprit in failing to recognize before that Godard's focus on gender roles is at least as subversive as his dissections of capitalism, materialism, post-colonialism, and, of course, film narrative. It's interesting that some of the most attractive actresses carried this focus. Loved it!
Five stars for the ending: the illustrious tracking shot, Belmondo's pulled faces, and telling her she makes him want to puke before closing his own eyes to death. I like Godard's rebellious ideas on heterosexual monogamy, but I also don't think it needs to be discussed so directly. I'll forgive the francophonics because of its truer sense of innovation. A trailblazer. Is it a crime?
I understand the historical importance of this movie, but it must have hit me at the wrong time of my movie viewing life for it to be a really moving experience. I heard myself commenting on certain framing devices and shots, which meant I was not really immersed in the experience of watching it. Michel is a drag to spend time with, so I felt stuck with him more than anything else. It doesn't feel particularly jazzy.