Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
When a film is popular because of its style and not its story, why the hell would you bother to remake it? Such is the case with Breathless, for while Godard’s original had a really funky narrative and some terrific dialogue, it wasn’t so much his plotting as his innovative camera style that made it so successful, and this becomes more apparent when watching this update. Richard Gere, the film’s only saving grace, is immensely fun (if eventually tiresome) as a car thief who gets himself into some hot trouble with the law and heads to his on-again, off-again girlfriend (Valérie Kaprisky) for refuge. They talk a lot, just like Belmondo and Jean Seberg did, but this time they’re a lot more naked; if seeing Gere dancing in the shower or Kaprisky sitting around in her tits is your thing, go ahead and indulge, but I found it boring. Kaprisky is the biggest detraction, giving a flat performance that doesn’t even scrape the surface of Seberg’s charming original.
Breathless Associates, Miko Productions
Directed by Jim McBride
Cinematography by Richard H. Kline
Produced by Martin Erlichman
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Production Design by Richard Sylbert
Costume Design by J. Allen Highfill
Film Editing by Robert Estrin