Sunday, November 25th, 2012...6:18 pm

Breathless

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When I first heard that we were doing the French New Wave, I was not looking forward to it. I’ve seen some French movies, and I always found them very boring and dull. So when we started watching Breathless I had very low expectations. But the film really surprised me. It kept me entrained. Even though the plot of the movie was very plain and simple, there was something that kept me watching the film and not get bored.  Jean-Luc Godard, the director of the film and a very important figure in the French new wave used his unique cinematography in this film. One of the techniques Godard used was that he would use very visible cuts in one specific scene. In my opinion the whole point of the film was to make us aware that it is a film. In one of the scenes you can even see people looking straight at the camera or the “actors”, because they were not extras, they were normal people walking on the street. This is what makes the movie so interesting and unique at the same time. One of the things that I found shocking at confusing was the ending. I did not get why it had to end that way, it is not the typical “happy ending”. Even though the film surprised me in numerous ways, it is a very good film and I recommend it to anybody

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  • I had low expectations for “Breathless” as well (I thought it was going to be as short as “La Jetee” was), but I must admit I found the film to be quite entertaining as you did. I think director Jean-Luc Godard created a certain “documentary” feel that made “Breathless” so unique, which is probably what “kept [us] watching the film and not get bored.” I also agree with your opinion of the “shocking at confusing” ending, but I feel that Godard might have used that ending in order to show that Michel was not a coward in the face of death and how he was willing to face the consequences of shooting the policeman at the beginning of the film. Overall, it was a great movie nonetheless, and on a side note, a French movie that I would like to recommend for you that isn’t “very boring and dull” is “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (2007).

  • Just as you said “even though the plot of the movie was very plain and simple.” but the director made it so special so that we would not feel bored.

  •   Michele Shakhmurov
    December 11th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I also thought the film was going to be boring but I was extremely surprised to find that I enjoyed it. The techniques used were really interesting and made it that much better to watch. It’s what made the simple and plain plot seem that much more complete.

  • I also thought the film was going to be boring but I was extremely surprised to find that I enjoyed it. The techniques used were really interesting and made it that much better to watch. It’s what made the simple and plain plot seem that much more complete.

  • I didnt get to see the movie in class, and of course with netflix you have to order it, so this description really helped a lot. I’m actually not one for french films, but based on what all of you guys are saying it must be really good. I didnt really expect that coming from a french movie.

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