2015 Dallas International Film Festival: Breathless
Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 French New Wave classic starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and American Jean Seberg, broke all the rules, alternating long takes and jump cuts that defied Hollywood editing practice, and mixing up tones and genres.
The 1983 Hollywood remake reunited director Jim McBride and screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson, whose 1967 indie film David Holzman’s Diary—starring Carson as a Godard-loving cineaste—similarly played with conventions in a fictionalized take on the then-current Cinema-Verite documentary. Their redo of Godard’s milestone is more linear and romantically involving, featuring memorable cinematography and production design setting off L.A. locations.
Richard Gere is the petty crook on the run and French actress Valerie Kaprisky assumes the part of the pouty (but perhaps more intelligent) woman he connects with while hiding from the law.