• 1960
  • France
  • 1h 30min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Cast: Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Daniel Boulanger

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MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), Birmingham (0.0 miles)

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, England, B12 9QH
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The epitome of cinematic cool which inspired a generation of moviemakers, Breathless (À Bout De Souffle) features iconic performances from Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg as the, most delightful and insolent couple in cinema history – young, effortlessly stylish, and in love in Paris. Based on a story by Francois Truffaut and photographed by New Wave legend Raoul Coutard, Jean-Luc Godard’s film debut is a jazzy riff on Film Noir. With its non-stop pace, Breathless reinvented the grammar of movies and spearheaded the French New Wave of filmmaking. Michel Poiccard (Jean-Paul Belmondo) considers himself a suave bad guy in the manner of Humphrey Bogart with his cigarettes, hat, sunglasses and determined unconformity. While driving a stolen car he impulsively kills a policeman. Hiding out in his student girlfriend Patricia’s (Jean Seberg) Paris apartment he tries to pull together enough money to get the pair to Italy. But when Patricia learns that her boyfriend is being investigated for murder, she begins to question her loyalties.

Part of MAC’s Les Enfants Terribles season, celebrating the talented rebels and agitators of the filmmaking world with a season of work from directors who have no problem at all pushing all of your buttons. From Rainer Werner Fassbinder to Marjane Satrapi to Spike Lee, these are 'les enfant terribles' of cinema, gleefully tackling incendiary topics whilst simultaneously ripping up the filmmaking rulebook. Curated by Elaine Lillian Joseph.

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