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À bout de souffle, 1960 – Jean-Luc Godard


A bout de souffle (1960) Jean-Luc Godard



À bout de souffle, 1960

dir.  Jean-Luc Godard

cinematography by 

Raoul Coutard.

Recently bought this from the Criterion flash sale.

Can’t wait for it to come in.


“When we talked, I talked about me, you talked about you, when we should have talked about each other.”


It’s sometimes claimed that all film critics are frustrated theorists, who only write about film because they have failed to become successful film makers themselves. Regardless of the truth in this theory, it can’t be said (anymore) about film legend Jean-Luc Godard, who was both an important critic and a hugely influential and groundbreaking film maker. 

His first project and immediately his greatest achievement – as it were his Citizen Kane – was À bout de souffle, a film that broke with traditions in the field of editing and camera work and thereby drastically changed the language of film.

Filmmakers around the world were freed by Godard’s spontaneous style, which sometimes inspired them directly, for example in the case of Arthur Penn’s’ Bonnie & Clyde , or encouraged them to develop their own style, such as William Friedkin’s The Exorcist.

À bout de souffle is one of the most iconic exemplary films of the Nouvelle Vague movement and a phenomenon in itself. In addition, it’s a film that even today – with its smooth, loose style and hip atmosphere – is still fresh and intriguing. Jean-Luc Godard, before becoming world-famous as a director with À bout de souffle, was a critic for leading French film magazine  Cahiers du Cinéma", which was founded in 1951. 

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À bout de soufflé 1960 dir. Jean-Luc Godard