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Big screen classics


A bout de souffle

Jean-Luc Godard directs Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in this effortlessly cool crime drama.

Image from Breathless

France 1960
Dir Jean-Luc Godard
With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger
English subtitles
Certificate PG

A young criminal-at-large hooks up with a student who offers him a roof over his head and a place in her bed. This radical, hugely influential debut helped to kick-start the French new wave with its jump cuts, coolly ambivalent leads and refusal to conform to social convention. Godard was overlooked by the Academy during his career, so when it finally awarded him an honorary award in 2011 he reciprocated by refusing to collect it.

The screening on Wednesday 6 February will be introduced by Professor Ginette Vincendeau, King’s College London.


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