29. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1959)
- Pierrot le fou
- Vivre sa vie
- Bande à part
- Une femme est un femme
- Two or Three Things I Know About Her
Breathless is awesome. You have a cool-ass dude, a ballin’ girl, car chases, gun fights, people dying, tons of movie references, and it’s all set in Paris. Now that’s how you make a movie. Plus it looks fantastic. It’s a straightforward story, that’s totally accessible, and Godard never made another movie quite so engaging. So basically every Godard film I watch ends up alienating me more and more because they are not Breathless. That’s not to say I don’t like some of his other films. I really dug Pierrot le fou, Vivre sa vie and Contempt. But these movies aren’t Breathless, and alas they are somehow disappointing.
On filmaffinity.com I gave the film a 9/10, I think a rewatching might bring it up to 10. It’s great, and should be seen by all.