This hugely influential film about a car thief (Belmondo) on the run with his American girlfriend (Seberg) was at the vanguard of the French New Wave, a movement spearheaded by Francois Truffaut (who conceived the story, even though Goddard wrote the script) and the critics of the Cahiers du Cinema. Much looser than earlier formulaic, studio-led films, and the subject matter more daring for its day. What is interesting is Belmondo's character's admiration for Humphrey Bogart, down to his imitation of Bogart's nervous lip-wiping, emphasising the idea that the film is a new take on classic Hollywood genres. It was remade as Breathless in 1983, with Richard Gere and Valerie Kaprisky, but with the frisson of anti-establishment naughtiness gone. It deservedly sunk without trace.
Director:Jean-Luc Godard Cast:Jean-Paul Belmondo,Jean Seberg