Breathless Revisited

55 years after it's premiere-- Breathless (1960) still has that spontaneous element of cool.

With young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg-- the film by Jean-Luc Godard helped launch the French New Wave-- ensuring cinema would never be the same.

Decades later the film has become a fashion icon.  The cool swagger of Belmondo, and countless editorials-- inspired by the free-spirited Jean Seberg.  The young actress-- pixie haircut-- attired in t-shirt and slim black trousers, selling the New York Herald-Tribune along the Champs-Élysées?  It still makes for a great fashion shoot.

"A Bout de Souffle"-- the original title-- has remained contemporary and very chic.  Yes, the cars are definitely 1950's Paris-- but the characters could be straight from Instagram.  Selfies shot in the bathroom mirror-- or snapped outside the Metro emulating the cool of Bogart.

What Godard captured-- and what makes Breathless a classic-- is that spontaneity.  Those carefree-- impetuous-- even impulsive scenes-- strung together like a social media feed.

Godard dispenses with complicated technique-- and captures the moment-- all continuity out the window.

Vive le jump-cut!

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Raymond Cauchetier was set-photographer for some of its most iconic films.