I finally got through finishing Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless. I originally attempted to watch the film a couple years ago and immediately felt disgusted with myself for actually watching 40 minutes into it. I didn’t remember much of Breathless and for good reason. Breathless is as soulless as the existentialist world view that inspired it.
I honesty can’t think of one redeeming characteristic of Breathless. When French “badass” cop killer Michel finally is forced into closing his mouth via bullet, I did feel somewhat refreshed. But of course this wasn’t enough to save Breathless. I’m not surprised that Michel’s character was based on Humphrey Bogart. My hatred for this man cannot be accurately articulated.
"My sunglasses hide the inconceivable pain that my eyes reveal"
If you want to watch a film that features boring dialog about questions in life that are somehow supposed create the essence of their lives than Breathless is the film for you. Novelty intellectualism has been trendy for a while so this “masterpiece” hasn’t tarnished. Contempt is my favorite film from Godard and the title sums of my feelings for the New Wave auteur.
"I am the truest of auteurs. My films are my soul on celluloid."
Theres no doubt in my mind that Jean-Luc Godard truly feels cinema is dead. Breathless perfectly compliments that theory.