Breathless (1961)

Enjoy brunch in the Torpedo Room before screening BREATHLESS hosted by John DeSando and Johnny DiLoretto. There was before BREATHLESS, and there was after BREATHLESS. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 7, 1961
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Breathless rewrote the rules of cinema -- and more than 50 years after its arrival, Jean-Luc Godard's paradigm-shifting classic remains every bit as vital.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

With the appearance of Breathless, we have a film that is new, aesthetically and morally.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Even 50 years later, it's easy feel how vivid a game-changer Breathless must have been when it arrived.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Indisputably on the shortlist of Movies You Need To See if you're going to have a proper conception of cinema history and the potential of cinematic form.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Breathless jumps to its own rhythm and pokes holes in its idols even as it worships them.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

This movie liberated the cinema -- the stories you could tell and the ways you could tell them -- as clearly and cleanly as Picasso freed painting and the Sex Pistols rebooted rock.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Goddard arrived at a kinesthetic technique of jagged cutting during the editing process as a way to speed up the action - to prune out the boring stuff.

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Jonathan F. Richards

On its fiftieth birthday Breathless remains fresh and exciting, although its revolutionary approach has long since been absorbed into the mainstream, and the years do show on it a bit.

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Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post

Breathless has the proportions wrong. Too much rambling, too little point.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

A unique hybrid, both the realization of years of critical writings by Godard and ... also a film made by an unabashed cinephile.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Kase Vollebregt
A landmark in cinema history, due mostly to revolutionary editing techniques, pop culture references, and a biting undercurrent of intellectualism.
Chris Weber
After hearing so damn much about this movie and its reputation, I was sure that I would either love it, or be disappointed by it, mostly because it… More
Spencer S.
What became the French New Wave movement started with this debut from fledgling director Jean-Luc Godard, a man who has changed perspective, and the minds of… More
Kyle Fowler
The extremely quirky personality the movie opens with is as charming as can be, but the film grows boring, the dialogue is hit-and-miss, there are plot-holes… More
KJ Proulx
"Breathless" is the perfect definition of Romance and Thriller, because the entire time, you are wondering if the accusations are real, even though… More
Dan Schultz
A well-paced, fantastically detailed character study of a small-time crook (Jean-Paul Belmondo) who gets in to deep once he kills a policeman on a country road,… More