Breathless [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1960]

  • SKU: 32050683
  • Release Date: 11/15/2016
  • Rating: NR
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Special Features

  • Archival interviews with director Jean-Luc Godard and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, and Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Chambre 12, Hôtel de Suède, an eighty-minute 1993 French documentary about the making of Breathless, with members of the cast and crew
  • Charlotte et son Jules, a 1959 short film by Godard
  • Interviews from 2007 with Coutard, assistant director Pierre Rissient, and filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker
  • Trailer
  • Two video essays: filmmaker Mark Rappaport's Jean Seberg and critic Jonathan Rosenbaum's "Breathless" as Criticism


The first feature film directed by Jean-Luc Godard and one of the seminal films of the French New Wave, Breathless is story of the love between Michel Poiccard, a small-time hood wanted for killing a cop, and Patricia Franchini, an American who sells the International Herald Tribune along the boulevards of Paris. Their relationship develops as Michel hides out from a dragnet. Breathless uses the famous techniques of the French New Wave: location shooting, improvised dialogue, and a loose narrative form. In addition Godard uses his characteristic jump cuts, deliberate "mismatches" between shots, and references to the history of cinema, art, and music. Much of the film's vigor comes from collisions between popular and high culture: Godard shows us pinups and portraits of women by Picasso and Renoir, and the soundtrack includes both Mozart's clarinet concerto and snippets of French pop radio. When Breathless was first released, audiences and critics responded to the burst of energy it gave the French cinema; it won numerous international awards and became an unexpected box-office sensation. ~ Louis Schwartz, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jean-Paul Belmondo
    Jean-Paul Belmondo - Michel Poiccard
  • Jean Seberg
    Jean Seberg - Patricia Franchini
  • Daniel Boulanger
    Daniel Boulanger - Police Inspector
  • Jean-Pierre Melville
    Jean-Pierre Melville - Parvulesco
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    Liliane David - Minouche

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great film for a French new wave pioneer

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    Breathless is definitely a classic. Godard made the most with what little resources he had with this breakout film. The short, quick, and stylish shots changed film history forever. The overall story of a reckless young man who goes a little too far and finds himself looking out for the police may come off as the "same ol story" by today's standards, but this was definitely a first of its kind when it was originally released.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Godard at its best

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is probably Godards best movie, staring Jean Seberg and Jean Paul Belmondo. Filmed in Paris in the 60s, it is a prime example of the French New Wave film movement. The picture quality of this blu-ray is amazing and the 2nd disc is loaded with extras

    I would recommend this to a friend

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