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Breathless

Released 1960
Distributor Films Around the World

Film critic Jean-Luc Godard’s first feature directorial outing, based on a concept by Francois Truffaut, followed The 400 Blows and Hiroshima Mon Amour‚ as a pillar of the French New Wave. Shooting on the run without permits, sound equipment or much in the way of lights, Godard rewrote and improvised anew each day. Star Jean Seberg, playing without makeup, was initially perplexed by the home movie atmosphere and Godard’s apparent misogyny, but returned to reprise her Breathless character in Godard’s short Le Grand Escroc. Jim McBride’s 1983 American remake starred Richard Gere.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.