Monday, 7 February 2011

A-Z #29: Breathless

You can pick up hundreds of DVD's for a round-pound each - it doesn't matter. Its never about quantity, its about quality. A-Z is my way of going through my collection, from A-Z, and justifying why I own the films... or you can tell me why I should sell 'em

#29 - Breathless (À bout de souffle

Why did I buy it?

In the same way - and reasoning behind Bande a part and Bicycle Thieves. Breathless is a 'classic' staple of cinema, introducing the French New Wave - and the works of Jean Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut. It only just had a re-release to launch the Blu-Ray release so, lately, you must have seen a lot of press for it.

Why do I still own it?

Having just watched a few sections of it again to capture the frame above, it has the similar 'cool'-ness that Bande a part had. Jean-Paul Belmondo and his cigar, Humphrey-Bogart-style, hanging from his mouth with his shades sitting on the arch of his nose alongside Jean Seberg's, playful, coquettish girl shows icons of the time. Even David Nicholl's mentions Jean Sebergs iconic style in his recent book One Day as a person, the character 'Emma' looked up to.

I have only seen the film once so far, but have every intention of revisiting it again.

But is the cool-ness and french-ness just a little too pretentious?  

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