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Breathless Reviews

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April 1, 2020
Godard's camera lingers on movement, and on the spaces between people. In one instance, he cuts from Michel and Patricia's flirtations to a close-up of their locked lips, where the space between them has been suddenly and irrevocably shattered.
January 13, 2020
Breathless must have seemed amazing in 1960, a movie obsessed with youth and motion. The problem with youth is it doesn't last.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 12, 2019
Exhilarating... Godard uses his camera with the freedom of the gifted amateur who is innocent of all the conventions that the professionals have developed to take the edge off visual reality.
December 9, 2018
Godard is, in a sense, flaunting how he can make a film so vibrant, out of raw materials so flighty, so airy (the 'Breathless' of the title).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2018
A hip, jokey thriller in which the sketchy plot serves as an excuse for stylistic flourishes and philosophical asides.
January 2, 2016
Indisputably on the shortlist of Movies You Need To See if you're going to have a proper conception of cinema history and the potential of cinematic form.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
December 3, 2015
With the appearance of Breathless, we have a film that is new, aesthetically and morally.
November 28, 2014
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
March 6, 2014
A unique hybrid, both the realization of years of critical writings by Godard and ... also a film made by an unabashed cinephile.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
July 5, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
February 1, 2011
The film that launched the French New Wave, Breathless remains an outstanding testament to the great ideals of fun filmmaking that infused the movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 3, 2011
To me, and I suspect to most cinephiles, this is the rush that makes moviegoing addictive: the sensation that the film's world was so full that it has spilled into the sights and sounds beyond the theater's doors.
October 25, 2010
Together, like their countermelodies, Michel and Patricia form a zero-sum game-nothing matters. But with Michel's death, she is left behind to ponder the consequences of their indifference.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
October 5, 2010
Vivre dangereusement jusqu?au bout.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
August 20, 2010
Breathless jumps to its own rhythm and pokes holes in its idols even as it worships them.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
August 13, 2010
It retains its brilliance both as entertainment and as a groundbreaking work of art.
Read More | Original Score: A
August 4, 2010
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.
July 16, 2010
As his career progressed, Godard's films became more mature and accomplished, but rarely, if ever, did they pack such an immediate, visceral punch.
July 16, 2010
Even 50 years later, it's easy feel how vivid a game-changer Breathless must have been when it arrived.
July 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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