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: Henri-Jacques Huet, Daniel Boulanger, Jean Seberg, Liliane Robin, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean-Pierre Melville
  • 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 Woman In Black 2

    The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death

    The spectral 'woman in black' feeds off the loss and trauma of Second World War evacuees in this gothic sequel from director Tom Harper (The Scouting Book For Boys)

  • Film4 Men In Black 3

    Men In Black 3

    Agent J (Will Smith) travels back to the 1960s to stop an alien from assassinating a young Agent K (Josh Brolin) and changing the course of history

  • Film4 Muppet Christmas Carol

    Boxing Day 2014 on Film4

    Film4's lineup on Boxing Day 2014

  • Film4 In Fear

    In Fear on Film4

    Alice Englert and Iain De Caestecker star as a new couple driving through Ireland who become lost and the target of a mystery tormentor

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Joe Cunningham's 11 recommendations for LFF 14

    Unfortunately I haven¿t been jet setting around the world this year to the various exciting international film festivals, but that¿s what makes the London Film Festival¿s compilation approach to progr

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Michael Leader's 11 recommendations for LFF 2014

    One of the best things about the London Film Festival¿s smorgasbord approach to programming is that, amongst the world premieres and gala screenings, there¿s an eclectic collection of exciting films o

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

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

or Register

Share