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Past Films

Breathless (1960)

  • Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger
  • Director: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Genre(s): Crime, Drama
  • Language: French, English
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 90 min.

Essential French New Wave Films
This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinéma. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same.

Summary: A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

"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."
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Breathless feels like it was [made] tomorrow."
- Michael Phillips, At the Movies
"One of the most famous and influential movies ever made."
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The camera lavishes black-and-white love on Paris, strolling up the Champs-Elysées, edging across café terraces, sweeping over the rooftop skyline, Mozart mixing with cool jazz riffs in the night air."
- Time Out
"Shot on a shoestring and none the worse for it, Jean-Luc Godard's gritty and engaging first feature had an almost revolutionary impact when first released in 1960."
- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Modern movies begin here, with Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless in 1960. No debut film since Citizen Kane in 1942 has been as influential."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Say this, in sum, for Breathless: it is certainly no cliché, in any area or sense of the word. It is more a chunk of raw drama, graphically and artfully torn with appropriately ragged edges out of the tough underbelly of modern metropolitan life."
- Bosley Crowther, New York Times

Showtimes

  • Sunday, 2/11 tbd
  • Monday, 2/12 tbd