i've never really gotten the praise for the french new wave and frankly found this movie to be boring and all the characters to be annoying at best. furthermore belmondo ain't that hot in more than one sense of the word.
Historical mumbo-jumbo aside, Breathless is a mesmerizing movie, directed with great ingenuity and edited with ferocious courage, and has a neat vibraphone-heavy jazz soundtrack. Its text, admittedly, is uneven: Sometimes there are lines that are awkward and stupid, other lines are brilliant. The script is pretty good, but it's the way it was filmed that's visionary.
This feels throughout like a movie about a guy who idolizes film noir and tries to live his life as if it were such a film. Watching it on this level I was very entertained and the movie was definitely a satisfying experience.
It is hard to explain what is so good about this movie. After long time consideration, you will probably end up with conclusion that greatness of this movie is in genius of Godard. Yes, the script is great, as well as soundtrack and acting, but true value of Breathless is in masterful director. If You compare it to 1983 american remake, which has all other ingredients apart for Godard genius, You will come to understand his greatness.
A very weird and interesting film that captured my interest in a different way than usual. I love how the style of filmmaking directly corresponds to the attitudes of the characters. It basically doesn't give a fuck. Definitely worth a watch.
I really want to love this. And I do love the first hour or so. The scenes between Belmondo and Seberg are wonderful! But unfortunately I find the last act, which is oddly enough much more plot driven, rather boring. So in the end it is for me an unbalanced but pretty good film.
Godard could've easily been a great writer or musician,
his style is so different and at times frustrating
yet peerless and pleasing at the same time.
I'm sure that when I revisit the film, it'll be like watching
it for the 1st time all over again (much like Tarantino's
"Pulp Fiction"). This is not cinema, this is Godard,
and although its style overpowers the narrative,
it's one of the most fun you'll have at the movies.
"Breathless" is an audacious and entertaining piece of work.