CHANNEL 4 4SEVEN E4 MORE4 FILM4 4MUSIC 4oD

Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • PG
  • Crime, Drama
  • 1960

A Bout De Souffle

A Bout De Souffle

Synopsis

Paris never looked more romantic than in this fractured, amoral tale of a Bogart-obsessed fantasist who shoots a cop and takes up with an old flame

About

Godard's explosive directorial feature debut sees Michel (Belmondo) as a movie-loving hood on the way to pick up some money. After he kills a troublesome cop, Michel tracks down an old girlfriend, Patricia (Seberg), in Paris and the two briefly rekindle their doomed affair.

The film launched the New Wave of young French directors - Godard's fellow critics from the influential film magazine 'Cahiers du Cinéma' were involved in the production, Truffaut devising the story, Chabrol serving as artistic and technical adviser. And it's a film in love with movies themselves. Michel is an amoral chancer who consciously styles himself after Bogart, while the film itself is in part a homage to Hollywood film noir, making a particular nod to Joseph H Lewis's seminal love-on-the-run movie Gun Crazy.

Godard the novice is already toying with narrative convention, making telling use of, among other techniques, the jump-cut. He also allows himself a cameo appearance in the film, turning up towards the end of the action as an informant whose appearance hastens Michel's fate.

Browse our reviews of other arresting directorial debuts

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean Seberg, Henri-Jacques Huet, Daniel Boulanger, Liliane Robin, Jean-Paul Belmondo
  • Director: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Screen Writer: Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut
  • Producer: Georges De Beauregard
  • Photographer: Raoul Coutard
  • Composer: Martial Solal

In a nutshell

As his career progressed, Godard's films became more mature and accomplished, but rarely, if ever, did they pack such an immediate, visceral punch.

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4 Stone

    Stone

    Robert De Niro, Ed Norton and Milla Jovovich star in this drama thriller about a convicted arsonist trying to manipulate a parole officer with the help of his beautiful wife

  • Film4 Pusher

    Pusher

    Nicolas Winding Refn's Danish crime thriller is given a British makeover starring Richard Coyle and Agyness Deyn

    On Film4: 27 Feb 10:45PM

  • Film4 Serenity

    Science-Fiction Season on Film4

    The future starts here! Film4's 2015 season of science fiction features classics of the genre, old and new

  • Film4 The Last Exorcism Part 2

    The Last Exorcism Part II on Film4

    Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) returns with no memory of the terrible events she experienced in the first film, or that they were only the beginning on Film4.

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Postcard from Sundance

    Dark Horse director Louise Osmond on visiting Sundance for the first time, where her film premiered to critical acclaim and won the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary. [caption id="attachme

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Film4 signs development deal with Jonathan Glazer

    Film4 has announced a development deal with Under The Skin director Jonathan Glazer, continuing its longstanding relationship with the acclaimed British filmmaker. David Kosse, Director of Film4, s

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share