33 – Breathless/ À bout de souffle (1960)

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Director: Jean-Luc Godard Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Sebag Running time: 90 mins

Subject: A trinity of Jeans come together for this classic, Paris-styled noir. Belmondo is an insouciant, roguish brute of a hero who  nails his colours to the mast with the delightful opening line:  “After all, I’m an asshole.” Godard’s theory that, “All you need for a film is a girl and a gun” is speedily borne out and the rest is smoking, playful, philosophical dialogue and breathless flight from that old killjoy, justice.

Like: Bonnie and Clyde with less robberies and more smoking in underwear.

Core truth: Style over substance.

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