Director: Jean-Luc Godard Run Time: 90 min. Release Year: 1960 Language: French
Starring: Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet, Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean-Pierre Melville
There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinéma. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same.