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Feature Film

Classic - Art House - Crime

France 1960 | 90 Min

A bout de souffle

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Subtitles in

Love makes no escape

Genre

Classic Art House Crime

Subjects

Nouvelle Vague Paris New York Herald Tribune

Language

French

Story

Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is a youthful criminal who is intrigued with the film persona of Humphrey Bogart. After stealing a car in Marseille, Michel shoots and kills a policeman who has followed him onto a country road. Penniless and on the run from the police, he turns to an American love interest Patricia (Jean Seberg), a student and aspiring journalist, who sells the New York Herald Tribune on the streets of Paris. The ambivalent Patricia unwittingly hides him in her apartment as he simultaneously tries to seduce her and call in a loan to fund their escape to Italy. Patricia says she is pregnant, probably with Michel's child. She learns that Michel is on the run when questioned by the police. Eventually she betrays him, but before the police arrive she tells Michel what she has done. He is somewhat resigned to a life in prison, and does not try to escape at first. The police shoot him in the street and, after a prolonged death run, he dies “à bout de souffle” (out of breath).

Director

Jean-Luc Godard

Writer

François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard

Cast

Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean Seberg

Producers

Georges de Beauregard

Cinematographer

Raoul Coutard

Production Designer

Clément Hurel

Editors

Cécile Decugis, Lila Herman

Composer

Martial Solal

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