Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger
Original Novel: François Truffaut
In this classic French fi lm a thief meets a hip American journalist student. He needs to flee the country and tries to persuade her to runaway with him. Jean-Luc Godard’s classic film, with its lack of polish yet surplus of attitude and anything-goes crime narrative helped launch the French New Wave and ensured cinema would never be the same again.
I first saw ‘Breathless’ as a 19 yr old art student who ventured to Prague in 1988 on a whim. It was screened in the original French with German subtitles and translated into English by a Czech boy who whispered in my ear throughout the film, in an attempt to seduce me. Instead, Jean Seger captured my heart; her chic, androgynous 60’s clothes, cropped blonde hair, her ambivalence to her lover and her ultimate betrayal of him. Sporting a new Jean Seger hairstyle and fuelled by feminism, philosophy, politics and art, a radical summer was spent with intellectuals and artists debating the possibilities of a new kind of democracy, in a city on the cusp of the velvet revolution that was to happen in 1989. Life was never the same.
Hester Schofiled, FPTS Committee member