BREATHLESS
À BOUT DE SOUFFLE
1960, Rialto Pictures, 90 min, France, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

Lip-stroking pug Jean-Paul Belmondo is on the run, shooting cops and stealing cars - and cash from the handbag of Herald Tribune-hawking girlfriend Jean Seberg - with the couple engaging in boudoir philosophy, staring contests, sous-blanket tussles and plenty of smoking. The start of Godard’s decade of supreme hipness and seemingly compulsive, often outrageous innovation.


VIVRE SA VIE
1962, Janus Films, 80 min, France, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

With dark-rimmed eyes and her iconic bob haircut, Anna Karina stuns as Nana, a restless young Parisian who descends into prostitution when her aspirations to become an actress falter. Recently separated from her husband, Nana is completely alone except for her heartless pimp and the women she knows from hooking in the banlieue. Godard goes bleak here while retaining his dazzling visual ingenuity: The close shots of Nana's face as she watches the close shots of Maria Falconetti's face in Dreyer's THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC are silently moving, while Nana's pool hall dance of gleeful abandon is now a classic New Wave moment. In French with English subtitles.


CONTEMPT
LE MEPRIS
1963, Rialto Pictures, 103 min, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

The brilliantly vivid color palette is almost as ravishing as Brigitte Bardot in this masterpiece by Jean-Luc Godard. Bardot plays Camille, a woman whose marriage to her screenwriter husband comes to a swift, inevitable end over the course of a day on the Isle of Capri. With a score of aching beauty by Georges Delerue. In French with English subtitles.


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