Breathless (1983)

JIM McBRIDE

Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1983.  Breathless Associates, Miko Productions.  Screenplay by , Jim McBride, based on A Bout De Souffle, Story by , Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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. , 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 () 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.

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