Breathless (1961) USA
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Director:Alfred Hitchcock
Studio:Fox Lorber
Producer:Georges de Beauregard
Writer:Ernest Lehman
Date Added:2006-04-08
Purchased On:2006-08-04
Awards:Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations
Picture Format:Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.33:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 5.1, English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French, Dolby Digital 1.0, Commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman, Unknown
Subtitles:English, French
Features:Black & White
Full Screen
Alfred Hitchcock  ...  (Director)
Ernest Lehman  ...  (Writer)
Jean-Paul Belmondo  ...  
Jean Seberg  ...  
Cary Grant  ...  Roger O. Thornhill
Eva Marie Saint  ...  Eve Kendall
James Mason  ...  Phillip Vandamm
Jessie Royce Landis  ...  Clara Thornhill
Leo G. Carroll  ...  The Professor
Josephine Hutchinson  ...  Mrs. Townsend
Philip Ober  ...  Lester Townsend
Martin Landau  ...  Leonard
Adam Williams  ...  Valerian
Edward Platt  ...  Victor Larrabee
Robert Ellenstein  ...  Licht
Les Tremayne  ...  Auctioneer
Philip Coolidge  ...  Dr. Cross
Patrick McVey  ...  Sergeant Flamm - Chicago Policeman
Ed Binns  ...  Captain Junket (as Edward Binns)
Edward Binns  ...  Captain Junket
Daniel Boulanger  ...  
Jean-Pierre Melville  ...  
Henri-Jacques Huet  ...  
Raoul Coutard  ...  Cinematographer
Cécile Decugis  ...  Editor
Lila Herman  ...  Editor
Comments: A 3000 MILE CHASE . . . That blazes a trail of TERROR to a gripping, spine-chilling climax !

Summary: The movie that heralded the French New Wave movement, this lean and exciting 1959 film directed by Jean-Luc Godard (A Woman Is a Woman, Weekend) broke new ground not only in its unorthodox use of editing and hand-held photography, but in its unflinching and nonjudgmental portrayal of amoral youth. Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg play two young lovers on the run from the law after Belmondo kills a cop and steals a car. Soon they are on an odyssey through the streets of Paris searching for some money he is owed so that he and his American girlfriend can escape to Italy. As a chase picture it features some startling photography on the streets of Paris, but as a romance it defies expectations, existing as part tragedy and part Bonnie and Clyde crime movie. The result is a wholly original film experience. Inspiring not only a remake starring Richard Gere but numerous films and television series, Breathless is an essential part of motion picture history. --Robert Lane