Breathless: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1960) / Region 1
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Breathless: The Criterion Collection

There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, crackling personalities of rising stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, and anything-goes crime narrative, Jean-Luc Godard's debut fashioned a simultaneous homage to and critique of the American film genres that influenced and rocked him as a film writer for Cahiers du cinema. Jazzy, free-form, and sexy, Breathless helped launch the French new wave and ensured cinema would never be the same.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jul 31 2007
  • Production Year 1960
  • Empire SKU 1358903
  • UPC Code 715515026222
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Archival interviews with director Jean-Luc Godard and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, and Jean-Pierre Melville
French theatrical trailer
New video interviews with Coutard, assistant director Pierre Rissient, and filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker
New video essays: filmmaker Mark Rappaport's Jean Seberg and critic Jonathan Rosenbaum's Breathless As Criticism
Chambre 12, Hotel De Suede, an eighty-minute French documentary about the making of Breathless, with members of the cast and crew
Charlotte Et Son Jules, a 1959 short film by Godard, starring Belmondo
A book featuring an essay by scholar Dudley Andrew, writings by Godard, Francois Truffaut's original film treatment, and Godard's scenario


  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W



  • Georges De Beauregard

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