À bout de souffle
Jean-Luc Godard / FR, 1959 / 87 min.
Godard’s À bout de souffle upended cinematic dogma. His homage to American, 1940’s gangster films and Paris is a milestone in film history thanks to his visual storytelling as well as the use of the jump cut and jazz.
Screening to mark the death of Jean-Luc Godard on 13 September 2022. Godard’s first feature-length film attracted international attention thanks to the uninhibited acting of Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. À bout de souffle, based on François Truffaut’s idea, was the manifesto of the nouvelle vague. The handheld camera follows Patricia (Seberg) a salesperson for the New York Herald Tribune who casually engages with the advances of fugitive car thief Michel Poiccard (Jean-Paul Belmondo). Poiccard falls in love, Patricia betrays him to the police and he dies breathlessly in the streets of Paris.
"À bout de souffle was the sort of film where anything goes: that was what it was all about. Anything people did could be integrated in the film. As a matter of fact, this was my starting-point. I said to myself: we have already had Bresson, we have just had Hiroshima mon amour, a certain kind of cinema has just drawn to a close, maybe ended, so let’s add the finishing touch, let’s show that anything goes."
Screening of the 4K restoration preceded by a number of special Godard excerpts.
À bout de souffle
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