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Breathless (1959)



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5 out of 10 A masterpiece
Bertrand from Dublin, 26 Aug 2009
Just had to post a review to counter the 1-star reviews - couldn't believe 'A Bout de Souffle' was rated a 2-star movie! One of cinema's classics, a masterpiece in character development. Godard was a revolutionary who fought against perceived wisdom that every scene must serve a specific purpose. His shooting style was equally innovative: without Godard, there would be no MTV or Quentin Tarantino (some may say that's a good thing). If you like linear plots and snappy action, then give it a m
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5 out of 10 Highly Recommended.
tom from Monaghan, 22 May 2009
Please ignore the negative reviews here. This is a beautiful, timeless classic. and is one of the landmark films in movie history. It's got wonderful fast pacing and it unfolds the story almost as if filming a documentary - it makes no moral judgements about the elf-absorbtion of the characters. It has exerted a huge influence on modern film but beyond that it's still a superb piece in it's own right and creates such a sense of atmosphere and reality that you get completely lost in it.
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0 out of 10 pointless and stupid
Eimear from Cork, 10 Nov 2008
it was probably very "a la mode" back in 1960 when JL Godard made this but this is one heck of a bad flick ! Stupid, makes no sense whatsoever. It is ridiculously played. If you want some black comedy AVOID at all cost ! Try "les tontons flingueurs" at least it comical. This one is useless. I watched it for 15 mins I sent it back straight away, so my advice is : don't bother!
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1 out of 10 Give it a miss
John from Mayo, 11 Jan 2008
I'm afraid I didn't get this film at all. Afer watching it I can't remember a single thing that happened, there was no plot that I could make out nor are any redeeming features
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2 out of 10 Breathless
Pat from Louth, 25 Jul 2008
Acquired taste and film of its day. Not sure if you would appreciate it if you didn't grow up in the 60's
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Landmark French movie that turns the tragi-comic story of small time criminal Michel Poiccard/Laszlo Kovacs (Belmondo) obsessed with both Bogart and an aspiring American journo (Seberg), into a major masterpiece of fickle hedonism. Cigarettes, hats, sunglasses and determined unconformity make Belmondo a true cinematic icon playing against the stunning Seberg to a sharp jazz score in the coolest of cities. Crafted with elusive spontaneity, Godard's nervy style still...

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