+ intro by Professor Ginette Vincendeau, King’s College London
A bout de souffle
Jean-Luc Godard directs Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in this effortlessly cool crime drama.
Dir Jean-Luc Godard
With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger
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.
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