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Breathless (À bout de souffle)

Breathless (À bout de souffle)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
(France, 1960, Digital, in French with English subtitles)
60th Anniversary 4K Restoration

“French New Wave classic ‘Breathless’ to dazzle in 4K at MFAH . . . you’ll be amazed” —Houston Chronicle

A must-see on the big screen! The frenetic Breathless follows small-time crook Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo), who goes on the lam with Patricia (Jean Seberg), an American journalism student living in Paris.

Jean-Luc Godard’s first feature, Breathless helped launch the French New Wave, along with François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows. Inspired by B movies and credited with introducing the jump-cut to cinema, the film is stylish and audacious, full of cinematic and literary references. Breathless captures the zeitgeist of postwar Europe, when a young generation of artists challenged social, cultural, and artistic sanctions.

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The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; Nina and Michael Zilkha; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Franci Neely; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Lois Chiles Foundation; ILEX Foundation; and L’Alliance Française de Houston.

Breathless (À bout de souffle)

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
(France, 1960, 90 minutes)
Brown Auditorium Theater


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