Breathless (└ bout de souffle) (By a Tether)
Breathless (└ bout de souffle) (By a Tether) (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: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

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

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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
ColeSmithey.com

[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
Film.com

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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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

If you've never seen Breathless, see it now -- but don't expect an easy ride. If you haven't seen it for ages, see it again and be surprised at the fresh reactions it provokes.

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Dan Jardine
Cinemania

With Breathless [Godard] is attempting to break down the rules of the form he loves so much, in order to let us know that it is ALL on the table now, from subject matter to form.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
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
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
Kase Vollebregt
Jean-Luc Godard's 'Breathless' is a landmark in french cinema, a film that influenced many American films and directors that followed.… 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