Out of breath, a feat and a miracle intact

For its 60th anniversary, Jean-Luc Godard’s film is released in theaters in a restored version. Also available on Blu-ray and Netflix, it is still as attractive as ever.

Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo in “Breathless”.
Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo in “

He doesn’t do them. The film is 60 years old, is released in theaters in a restored version, is available on Blu-ray collector’s edition… and on Netflix. Breathless could have been shot yesterday by a gifted person for whom cinema would be as easy as pie. It is the first film by Jean-Luc Godard. It would be the only one that the director would have written his name in history.

The New Wave had started the previous year with The four hundred Blows by Truffaut. There had also been Beau Serge by Chabrol. Godard was not going to stand idly by. They were going to see, his friends Cinema Notebooks, review where they had fitted their weapons pen in hand. A vague news item, a comedian with an unusual physique that he had directed in a short film, a Hollywood actress who would not understand much of what is happening on the set, the trick was played.

So Belmondo steals a car in the port of Marseille, kills a biker on the national 7, arrives in Paris to recover

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