Breathless (À bout de souffle)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, France 1960
90 mins. French dialogue with English sub-titles
Petty thug, Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo), considers himself a suave bad guy in the manner of Humphrey Bogart, but panics and impulsively kills a policeman while driving a stolen car. On the run, he turns to his aspiring journalist girlfriend, Patricia (Jean Seberg), hiding out in her Paris apartment while he tries to pull together enough money to get the pair to Italy. But when Patricia learns that her boyfriend is being investigated for murder, she begins to question her loyalties. One of the most imitated examples of the French New Wave.
What the Critics say:
"No debut film since 'Citizen Kane' in 1942 has been as influential ... its headlong pacing, its cool detachment, its dismissal of authority, and the way its narcissistic young heroes are obsessed with themselves and oblivious to the larger society."  (Roger Ebert - Great Movies List)