Breathless

Criterion

Breathless

Regular price $48.00

There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinéma. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same.

FILM INFO

  • Jean-Luc Godard
  • France
  • 1960
  • 90 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
  • Spine #408

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director of photography Raoul Coutard, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Archival interviews with director Jean-Luc Godard and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, and Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Interviews from 2007 with Coutard, assistant director Pierre Rissient, and filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker
  • Two video essays: filmmaker Mark Rappaport’s Jean Seberg and critic Jonathan Rosenbaum’s “Breathless” as Criticism
  • Chambre 12, Hôtel de Suède, an eighty-minute 1993 documentary about the making of Breathless
  • Charlotte et son Jules, a 1959 short by Godard featuring Belmondo
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by scholar Dudley Andrew, writings by Godard, François Truffaut’s original treatment, and Godard’s scenario

    New cover by Rodrigo Corral