Breathless: Jean-Luc Godard, Director / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Breathless, a low-budget film, came to be regarded as one of the major accomplishments of the French New Wave cinema of the early sixties. It had a tremendous influence on French filmmakers and on world cinema in general. Beyond its significance in film history, it was also a film of considerable cultural impact. In Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard captured the spirit of a disillusioned generation and fashioned a style, which drew on the past, to parade that disillusionment. In his introduction, Dudley Andrew brilliantly explains what Godard set out to accomplish in Breathless. He illuminates the intertextual and cultural references of the film and the tensions within it between tradition and innovation. This volume also features, for the first time in English, the complete and accurate continuity script of Breathless, together with Francois Truffaut's surprisingly detailed original treatment. Also included are an in-depth selection of reviews and criticism in French and English; a brief biographical sketch of the director's life that covers the development of his career, as well as a filmography and selected bibliography.
Table of Contents
Introduction Breathless: Old as New / 3 Dudley Andrew Jean-Luc Godard: A Biographical Sketch / 21Breathless Credits and Cast / 31 The Continuity Script / 33 Notes on the Continuity Script / 147 The Original Treatment, Francois Truffaut / 153Interviews, Reviews, and Commentaries Interview with Godard Yvonne Baby, Le Monde, March 18, 1960 / 165 Jean-Luc Godard, "I'm Not Out of Breath," Art, March 1960 / 167 Films and Filming, September 1961 / 169 Cahier du Cinema, December 1962 / 171 Statements Geoges de Beauregard, Producer, 1963 / 175 Raoul Coutard, Director of Photography, 1963 / 175 Francois Truffaut, 1963 / 177 Reviews Le Monde, Jean de Baroncelli / 181 Arts, Pierre Marcabru / 183 Le Figaro Litteraire, Claude Mauriac / 184 Le Figaro, Louis Chauvet / 186 Variety, Gene Moskowitz / 188 Sight and Sound, Louis Marcorelles / 189 The New York Times, Bosley Crowther / 191 The New York Republic, Stanley Kauffmann / 193 Times / 195 Film Quarterly, Arlene Croce / 197 Esquire, Dwight MacDonald / 200 The Times (London) / 203 Films and Filming, Gordon Gow / 204 Commentaries Jean-Luc Gordard, Luc Moullet / 209 On Breathless, Jean Carta / 215 A Bout de Souffle, Charles Barr / 220 The Graphic in Filmic Writing, Marie-Claire Ropars / 224Filmography and Bibliography Gordard Filmography, 1954-1985 / 235 Selected Bibliography / 239