Day #16, February 16th, 2016.
Still from À bout de souffle (1960).
Jean-Luc Godard’s electrifying film almost singlehandedly kickstarted the French New wave – a movement which urged filmmakers to shake off what they thought were faux aesthetic impersonations present only to impress, and not to further the narration of their movies. Breathless stands tall on its inconceivably unconventional cinematography, editing and pure acting talent to support its free-flowing progression. The film is located in a very specific place and time in cultural history: where (and when) it took the medium of cinema to a dangerous, unexplored, and consequently beautiful direction.