Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless” is a good example of the dialogue driven films I love, which the French seem to excel at. It’s so beautifully shot, with scenes easily imagined as photographs taken by Doisneau or Cartier-Bresson. The film was a stand out in the French New Wave when it was released in 1960 and it’s easy to see why, with it’s documentary style hand-held camera, fresh dialogue and unique rhythm.
The film is in step with the rebellious nature of the ’60’s – a youth bored with the conventions of bourgeois society. Seberg’s character Patricia is stylish, entitled, aloof and confident – add in Belmondo’s Michel, a petty thief with the swagger of the rich – both selfish with a restlessness that even a great city like Paris can’t assuage. I recommend watching “Breathless” in the quiet stillness of the early hours – I think it really brings out the film’s beauty.