Breathless: the Personification of Filmmaking

The Freedom of Godard and Belmondo

The personification of filmmaking in Breathless suited to starting an oil fire would race through incident after incident. The girlie tabloids filling the screen slipped in revealing the face of Jean-Paul Belmondo. His cigarette dangled from his lips, looked out from under his hat, and rubbed his lips with his thumb. On a signal from a female accomplice, he plugged in a large old car, parked by an American military man where they were touring with his wife.

Audiences get a taste of villain Godard’s freedom in a sequence where he hijacks the Hollywood genre on a drive. The film slides forward as he shifts with wild shot changes. When Belmondo was spontaneous in his speech, the camera immediately turned to the audience. An auteur shot dead French authorities while being stopped for questioning. He will go on Montparnasse, a legendary street called Campagne-Première, where breath brings anarchy to the heart of Paris.

The Manifesto of French New Wave

Breathless is a manifesto of the French New Wave. The moves went well when Godard made an appetizer. In a 1957 investigation, L’Express dubbed generational influence a nebulous movement. Anxiety, customs, and pleasures have been described by Godard, five critics Cahiers du Cinéma, as for cinema, famously started a feature.

Before the triumphs of Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour at Cannes in the spring of 1959, Breathless sealed the movement. The film defines it as aggressive yet indifferent and juvenile yet sophisticated. With Godard’s hand, he did it through a style and character of his own with associated emphasis.

The Personal Vision

As many people knew, both Truffaut and Godard had built a reputation as critics. Both challenges many traditional notions of what a great film is. Rejecting the sheen of Hollywood films and big budgets, Godard argues for artists. According to him, creative artists in a Hollywood system are those ignored by critics and studio heads.

Instead of creating films with bloated but high-minded production, he envisions filmmaking as more than making room for the personal vision of filmmakers on a smaller scale. He and Truffaut, along with other French New Wave directors, share an appreciation for the structure of the auteur. A film is a manifestation of the director’s imagination and it is true for both book writers and artists as well.

The Hollywood Fare

The black comedy looks basically to be Godard’s trademark. However, Breathless so takes off on filmmaking fare insensibility, personification, and plot. Besides the other directors, he and Cahiers du Cinéma are running towards principals of partial studio systems. It is because a trade agreement sent American Wartime films flooding Paris theaters.

At the right time, the New Wave generation grew up. Young critics united against the dominant Hollywood filmmaking style of heavy, moralistic, and big-budget forms. In particular, Godard champions Western genre films, noir, B-class, and critical specialization. Feeling panting, Breathless is Truffaut’s early idea of a fast-paced gangster film, translated onto the streets of Paris.

The Structure of Breathless

Despite being a trap, it is hard to hold back the personification to lose yourself in the filmmaking of Breathless in the gas miles. Falsehood is the key to the film’s style. However, the protagonist’s pretense should not make any sense. He speeds up the highway playing cops and robbers with a gun. However, he ended up getting stuck behind the station and repairing the road. The film is set in a brightly lit travel agency where innocent police officers and subtropical Florida become the bright lights of Paris’ highways.

Breathless is more fragmentary but imaginative structure complements the film’s technical elements. It is breaking the eye line, using side characters, odd timing closeups, and jump-cuts to give the narrative a psychological and surreal quality. In addition to narration, standard editing cues replace the single filmmaking language. The specification underlines the character’s difficulty in poetry. However, it is in harmony with the attitude of the characters and also the audience.

Raoul Coutard

The personification of Breathless intervenes boldly in filmmaking but relies not only on novelty or ambition. It is also in the technical genius of the cast and crew. Godard knows how comfortable Belmondo is with the tempo. While he was showing his playfulness, Raoul Coutard, the cinematographer, coached him and Jean Seberg for a long time in a cramped hotel.

When the subject is nothing but time between two actors, Coutard immediately becomes Godard’s fake eye and hand. Although he is relatively new to feature films, he is working as a photographer of the Paris war games in Indochina in the 1950s. He learned to catch the target and did so without bullying the subject. Breathless is shrewd inputting multiple rolls of camera negatives into a magazine, developing new sensitivities, to manipulating the streets of Paris and the actors into a single range.

The Absurdity and Realism

Breathless‘s hue of absurdity largely develops in production. According to Godard, the film is not realistic at all. The realism of the noir in the film turns dishonest. It is because he has no technical skills. An acknowledgment he gives to a sense of craftsmanship and shows how the film’s boundaries turn into strengths.

It processes cinematic fiction, augments it with real human stakes, to captures footage with the anonymity, rhythm, and spontaneity of shallow life on a stylized cinematic fiction screen. Breathless has light equipment and a small crew where Godard designs each scene on the day of the shoot from a notebook he wrote. However, the dissonance and conflict of the film became commonplace.

The Sharp Focus

Breathless received a sensational response to a film that permanently changed cinema. Young Godard saw the film and abandoned any idea of traditional studio film before leaving the theater. The film’s originality is bold in tone, character, and style, making decent Hollywood films obsolete quickly. Godard reached a turning point with a dirty but polite experiment.

In complex works, Godard returns to contradictions in 1960. Apart from increasingly through the lens of historiographical imagery and memory. It is one of the sharp but precise reflexes, becoming a sharp focus for audiences on the West in the 1960s. On the other hand, the film makes a breakthrough from standard filmmaking, symbolizing the many qualities of the various New Wave, and other spheres whether video games, painting, music, culture, literature, as well as film.

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About the author

Salman Al Farisi is the owner of Calxylian and is an elitist who has enjoyed and studied various mediums. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in 2020 from the Haluoleo University, Indonesia, where he studied English Literature, Film Criticism, Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, and Literary Criticism. He lives in Kendari in his mom's basement, now unemployed and ghostwriter, life with his cats, and is looking for the future.

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