À bout de souffle 1960

Critics score:
97 / 100

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A.O. Scott, At the Movies: It's like a bullet from the future of movies. Read more

Bosley Crowther, New York Times: Say this, in sum, for Breathless: it is certainly no cliche, in any area or sense of the word. It is more a chunk of raw drama, graphically and artfully torn with appropriately ragged edges out of the tough underbelly of modern metropolitan life. Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: If you miss out on this print, you are truly missing out on another life. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: Shot on a shoestring and none the worse for it, Jean-Luc Godard's gritty and engaging first feature had an almost revolutionary impact when first released in 1960. Read more

Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com: On its fiftieth birthday Breathless remains fresh and exciting, although its revolutionary approach has long since been absorbed into the mainstream, and the years do show on it a bit. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: This movie liberated the cinema -- the stories you could tell and the ways you could tell them -- as clearly and cleanly as Picasso freed painting and the Sex Pistols rebooted rock. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: One of the most famous and influential movies ever made. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: Breathless jumps to its own rhythm and pokes holes in its idols even as it worships them. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: Even 50 years later, it's easy feel how vivid a game-changer Breathless must have been when it arrived. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Modern movies begin here, with Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless in 1960. No debut film since Citizen Kane in 1942 has been as influential. Read more

Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail: Read more

Time Out: The camera lavishes black-and-white love on Paris, strolling up the Champs-Elysees, edging across cafe terraces, sweeping over the rooftop skyline, Mozart mixing with cool jazz riffs in the night air. Read more

Dave Calhoun, Time Out: If you've never seen Breathless, see it now -- but don't expect an easy ride. If you haven't seen it for ages, see it again and be surprised at the fresh reactions it provokes. Read more

Variety: This film, a first pic by a film critic, shows the immediate influence of Yank actioners and socio-psycho thrillers but has its own personal style. Read more

Ella Taylor, Village Voice: Breathless makes alienation look like it was a lot more fun in 1960 than in the ponderous gravitas or ante-upping brutality of indie film today. Read more

Sarah Kaufman, Washington Post: Breathless has the proportions wrong. Too much rambling, too little point. Read more

Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic: With the appearance of Breathless, we have a film that is new, aesthetically and morally. Read more