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Breathless [videorecording] = À bout de souffle / Pretty Pictures ; [director, Jean-Luc Godard ; producer, Georges de Beauregard ; screenplay, Jean-Luc Godard ; based on an original treatment by François Truffaut]
Alternate (uniform) Title À bout de souffle (Motion picture)
Standard format (1.33:1)
[Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2007
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 Videos/2nd Flr  PN1997 .A2314 2007  v.1    AVAILABLE
 Videos/2nd Flr  PN1997 .A2314 2007  v.2    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Criminals -- Drama
Police murders -- Drama
Man-woman relationships -- Drama
Fugitives from justice -- Drama
Subject Paris (France) -- Drama
Subject(s) Crime films
New wave films
Fiction films
Feature films
Physical Description 2 videodiscs (90 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (79 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Note - System Details DVD, region 1; Dolby digital mono
Language In French with optional English subtitles
Cast Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet, Roger Hanin, Van Doude, Liliane David, Michel Fabre, Jean-Pierre Melville, Claude Mansard, Jean-Luc Godard, Richard Balducci; with appearances by Philippe de Broca, Jean Domarchi, Jean Douchet, Jean Herman, André S. Labarthe
Credits Director of photography, Raoul Coutard ; editor, Cécile Decugis ; music, Martial Solal
Note Credits from booklet
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1960
Special features (disc 1): excerpts from interviews with Godard, Belmondo, Seberg & Melville (originally recorded for French television between 1960-1964); trailer
Special features (disc 2): "Coutard and Rissient", video interview with Coutard & assistant director Pierre Rissient; "Pennebaker on 'Breathless'", video interview with filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker; "Jean Seberg", video essay by Mark Rappaport; "'Breathless' as criticism", video essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum; "Chambre 12, Hôtel de Suède," making-of documentary with members of the cast & crew (1993, 78 min.); "Charlotte et son Jules," short film by Godard starring Belmondo (1959, 13 min.)
Booklet includes an essay by scholar Dudley Andrew ("'Breathless' then and now"), "Godard in his own words" (selections from statements & interviews by Godard from 1959-1962), Francois Truffaut's original film treatment (as translated by Ellen Sowchek), and Godard's scenario for the film (as translated by Dory O'Brien)
Summary A small-time criminal kills a police officer, setting in motion a tragic series of events for both himself and his American girlfriend
Incomplete Contents [v.1.] DVDs -- [v.2.] Booklet
Contents Disc one. Feature film ; archival interviews with director Jean-Luc Godard and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg and Jean-Pierre Melville ; French theatrical trailer ; new English subtitles -- disc two. New video interviews with Coutard, assistant director Pierre Rissient and filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker ; New video essays by Mark Rappaport and Jonathan Rosenbaum ; "Chambre 12, Hôtel de Suède," an 80 minute French documentary on the making of "Breathless" ; "Charlotte et son Jules," a 1959 short by Godard, starring Belmondo
Series Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 408
Alternate Author Godard, Jean Luc, 1930-
Truffaut, François
Seberg, Jean
Belmondo, Jean-Paul, 1933-
Boulanger, Daniel, 1922-
Huet, Henri-Jacques
Criterion Collection (Firm)

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