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Breathless

Released 1961
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.

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.